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KUWAIT CITY, April 29: The Embassy of India in Kuwait and the Indian Business Network (IBN) in association with Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) organized the ‘Virtual Buyer-Seller Meet’ for Indian mangoes at the Indian Embassy auditorium.
The Ambassador of India to Kuwait HE Sibi George in a keynote address paid tributes to all those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic; M. Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA presented an overview of the market and vast diversity of Indian mangoes was highlighted by Bidyut Kumar Baruah, AGM, APEDA. Ashok Kalra, Advisor to Indian Business Network (IBN) also spoke during the meet and the representatives of exporters from India and importers from Kuwait shared their experiences on the regulatory framework for export and import of mangoes.
The focus of the meeting was to ensure sourcing of quality mangoes from India, especially quality Alphonso mangoes – the famous Alphonso mango or Hapus is produced in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Konkan regions including Goa and is known for its sweet fl avor, it is one of the largest selling variety of mangoes in India – which are highly in demand in Kuwait. India is the largest producer of mangoes, producing more than half of the world’s mangoes. India has the largest number of varieties of mangoes anywhere in the world. India produced around 21 million metric tons of mangoes in 2019- 2020, while around 50,000 metric tons were exported globally. Kuwait is one of the top markets for Indian mangoes. Last year, Kuwait imported 1170 MT of Indian mangoes worth $2.22 million.
The ambassador urged the participants in the virtual meet to work towards doubling the volume in 2021-22, ensuring that a box of Indian mango reaches every home in Kuwait, during the year of 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and Kuwait. The event witnessed enthusiastic response with over hundred exporters from India especially from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and importers from Kuwait who participated virtually.