The state government has proposed to set up an irradiation plant in South Gujarat region to facilitate mango exports from the state,principal secretary agriculture and co-operation department,P N Roy Choudhary said on Sunday.
We are planning to set up an irradiation plant in South Gujarat to facilitate export of mangoes from the state. At present,only Nashik in Maharashtra has the approved irradiation plant facility,” he said on sidelines of a seminar at GCCI.
The export of mangoes to US is subject to irradiation treatment. Mango export to the US was opened in 2007,and subsequently Agriculutral and Processed Food Products Export
Development Authority (APEDA) had announced advisory guidelines for export of mangoes from India,” he said.
The irradiation plant will be built on public-private partnership (PPP) mode,and will take around one and half years to get completed,” a Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation official said.
“Its a highly sophisticated technology that requires specialised equipment for treating fruits,vegetables and grains,before they can be exported,” he added.