The state government has started sending mangoes to Delhi, Bokaro, Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi and other North Indian cities with Odisha harvesting a bumper crop.
The state-run Dhenkanal Fruit and Vegetables Marketing Company Limited (DFVMCL), which collects and markets mango, is exporting about 5 to 10 tonne outside the state every day.
The state produces around 8 to 10 lakh metric tonne (MT) of mango of over 200 varieties in major mango-growing districts of Dhenkanal, Angul, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sonepur, Jajpur and Cuttack. Besides, Kandhamal, Kalahandi and Rayagada districts also pitch in with late harvest.
Some popular varieties of Odisha like Dussehri, Baldev and Himsagar ripe about 90 days earlier than other mango-growing states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. So our homegrown mangoes are capturing these markets.