In a major boost to export of GI-certified products, the seasons first consignment of Shahi Litchi from Bihar was exported to the United Kingdom by air this week. The phyto-sanitary certification for exports of Shahi Litchi was issued from the newly established certification facility in Patna. The fruit, exported by Cira Enterprises, was sourced from farmers in Muzaffarpur. It is being imported by H & J Veg, London.
APEDA collaborated with Bihars Department of Agriculture along with other stakeholders such as farmers, exporters and importers for facilitating the exports of Shahi Litchi.
Shahi Litchi was the fourth agricultural product to get GI certification from Bihar in 2018, after Jardalu Mango, Katarni rice and Magahi paan. Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Champaran and Begusarai districts and adjoining areas of Bihar have favourable climate for growing the fruit.
India is the second largest producer of litchi in the world, after China, said a release.