Mango farmers and resellers from five coastal districts in Maharashtra have begun to directly sell their produce of Alphonso mangoes to buyers within the state and in other states like Gujarat and Delhi, instead of selling their produce in APMC markets of Mumbai or Pune, reports Hindu Businessline.
It should be noted that the sale of vegetables and fruits had been removed from APMC purview during the previous Bharatiya Janata Party-led government.
Director of the Navi Mumbai APMC board Sanjay Panasare said that in the APMC market which serves the Mumbai metropolitan region, the mango arrivals have not been in huge volumes but still the supply is at a steady pace.
Vivek Bhide, who is a former member of the Maharashtra Horticulture Board, said the direct sale volume is much higher and is happening through multiple routes including large housing societies.
The GI-tagged Alphonso mango variety is primarily grown in the Maharashtra's five coastal districts of Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri over 1.5 lakh hectares.
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