II. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Activities/ initiative/ achievement of FFV division during April to November 2017


  • 1- Export of Mango to USA has got increased more than double i.e. 1050 MT in comparison to 767.38 MT last year. The export has taken place from following three irradiation facilities:
    • a) Krushak, Lasalgaon – 537.508 MT.
    • b) IFC Vashi – 398.223  MT.
    • c) Innova Bangalore  – 119.331 MT

  • 2. South Korea granted market access for mangoes in June 2016. During the mango export season 2017, two QIA- inspectors were stationed at four VHT facilities for on-site clearance programme. The export of mangoes to South Korea was 66 MT in the mango season 2017.

  • 3. Chinese Plant Quarantine Authority (AQSIQ), China on our pursuance with the support of Indian Embassy in China has approved 25 HWT facilities in the month of April 2017. This issue was pending with AQSIQ, China since last two years. The list of the same has been hosted by AQSIQ, China on their official website.

  • 4. Two members Iranian Delegation visited India from 21-28 April 2017 to verify the HWT facilities for export of HWT treated mangoes from India to Iran. During their visit the delegation approved five facilities i.e. four from Western and one from Northern parts of India. (Export of mangoes from India to Iran 22.79 MT)

  • 5. A project on development and standardization of fumigation protocol for SO2 and CO2 for export of grapes to New Zealand and Australia was awarded on 12/08/2016 to CIPHET and NRCG (technical Partner) at a total cost of Rs. 56.90 lakhs.

  • 6. A mango promotion programme was organised in Seoul and Busan in South Korea 25th to 27th May, 2017. This has resulted in export of 66 MT of mangoes to South Korea in the last season.

  • 7. For promoting mangoes, a reverse Buyer Seller Meet (BSM) was organized by APEDA in Mumbai on June 2017 for promotion of various mango varieties available in India. 23 importers from different countries like Iran, China, Australia, Republic of Korea, Japan and Mauritius joined.   The BSM was followed up with field visit to Post harvest treatment facilities.  10 State Governments participated in the BSM and showcased the varieties of mangoes grown in their states.   A  Very good response was received from importers.   

  • 8. From Vidharbha region, export of banana G-9 Variety (i.e. Cavendish dwarf) was undertaken by sea shipment to Dubai by M/s INI Farms, Mumbai. This was an outcome of the outreach programme organized by APEDA, Mumbai in Akola region. The efforts have been made by APEDA to promote and stabilized the Banana exports from Vidharbha Region on regular basis.

  • 9. For development of sea protocol for Nendran banana a project was awarded to ICAR-NRC-Trichy. Under the project a trial shipment of   15 MT (one container) was successfully exported from Kerala to Dubai.  The protocol is being standardised. 

  • 10. Training programmes for litchi growers and stakeholders was organised through ICAR-NRC on Litchi, Muzaffarpur in the State of Bihar.

  • 11. Online farmer registration module was developed for traceability of 11 vegetables.

  • 12. Canada has granted market access in 2015 for fresh grapes subject to initial Trial shipment period during which Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was inspected 100% of the consignment of Grapes entering in Canada. In the recent communication received from CFIA, it has been informed that the trial importation period for fresh grapes from India will be concluded. Further, it has been informed that effective October 11, 2017 a permit to import fresh grapes from India will no longer be required and import inspection rates will be reduced to standard levels of CFIA. The CFIA will revise the Phytosanitary import requirements for grapes from India. In this regard, an Advisory has been hosted on the APEDA website for public information.

  • 13. A R&D project has been awarded to IIP, Mumbai for development of packaging standards for export of fresh Kiwi from India.


  1. 14. Packaging standards have been developed for following fresh fruits and vegetable through Indian Institute of packaging :
    1. 1. Grapes
    2. 2. Mango
    3. 3. Tindola, Kindola, Brinjal.
    4. 4. Custard apple, Pomegranate.
    5. 5. Onion, Potato
    6. 6. Banana, Orange.
    7. 7. Green chilly, Baby corn, Brinjal, Okra and Papadi.
    8. 8. Arabi, Yam
    9. 9. Snow peas, Snap peas, Asparagus, Cherry Tomato.
    10. 10. Onion Flakes, Garlic Power, Accelerated freeze dried corn
    11. 11. Guar Gum
    12. 12. Honey