Mango Festival, platform to increase income of farmers: Yogi

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that the markets of Europe are waiting for the mangoes of Uttar Pradesh and urged the farmers not to take shortcuts but to focus on quality and prepare products as per the demand of the market.

Inaugurating the three-day UP Mango Festival 2023 at Avadh Shilpgram in Lucknow, Yogi said, “In Russia, mangoes are being sold at Rs 800 per kg, but it costs Rs 190 to send mangoes through cargo from here. That means if a farmer exports mangoes to Russia, he will get a net profit of more than Rs 600. We have to take the mangoes from here to every corner of the world. The markets of Europe are waiting for the mangoes from UP.”

He asked the farmers to avoid shortcuts, prioritise quality, and prepare their products in accordance with market demands. “Our government is working on the Beej Se Bazar Tak’ (from seed to market) approach to increase the income of farmers.

The CM said that during the Global Investors Summit, the government sent teams to a number of countries. “We have to explore the global market for horticulture crops, and through Indian Missions abroad, we should organise exhibitions showcasing agricultural products related to UP,” he said.

Asserting that the mango festival is a platform to increase the income of farmers, he said, “As per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intention, the UP government is taking all necessary steps in the interest of the farmers.”

Yogi said, “Our government has built four-pack houses in the state. Recently, we got the opportunity to send two tonnes of mangoes to Dubai from the pack house in Varanasi, and we will have to organise similar program in the pack houses in Saharanpur, Amroha, and Lucknow.”

He said that in order to bring horticulture crops to the international market, agricultural scientists and officers of the Horticulture Department will need to work together. “Only then will we be able to explore new avenues and give the agricultural and horticultural products of UP a different identity,” he said.

Producers, buyers, sellers, and exporters participated in the mango festival. Aligarh’s mango buyer, Dr Mobinuddin Khan, said that CM Yogi’s effort resulted in a successful Aamras program in Russia’s capital, Moscow, last week.

Mango seller Latish Bhatia from Bahrain said that this festival is very important for the mangoes of UP. “We export two to three tonnes of mangoes every week. CM Yogi is constantly trying to give a new identity to the mangoes. This will greatly benefit the mango farmers as well as those doing business with mango products,” he said.

Before the programme, Yogi inspected an exhibition showcasing various products made from mangoes and released the souvenir of the Mango Festival 2023. He also felicitated farmers and traders from various districts of the state who have excelled in the field of mango production.

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