First consignment of GI certified Shahi Litchi from Bihar exported to the UK
New Delhi, May 26, 2021
In a major boost to the export of GI certified products, the season’s first consignment of Shahi Litchi from Bihar was exported to the United Kingdom by air last Monday.
The phytosanitary certification for exports of Shahi Litchi was issued from the newly established certification facility at Patna. The fruit is being exported by Cira Enterprises and sourced from farmers in Muzaffarpur. The Litchi is being imported by H & J Veg, London, an official press release said.
The Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) collaborated in this regard with the Department of Agriculture, Bihar along with other stakeholders such as farmers, exporters and importers for facilitating the exports of Shahi Litchi.
Senior officials including Dr M Angamuthu, Chairman, APEDA, N. Saravana Kumar, Principal Secretary, Agriculture, Bihar and others participated in the event for exports of Shai Litchi.
Because of the short shelf life of litchi, there is a need to explore exports opportunities for processed and value-added products.
Shahi litchi was the fourth agricultural product to get GI certification from Bihar in 2018, after Jardalu mango, Katarni rice and Magahi paan. GI registration for Shahi Litchi is held with the Muzaffarpur-based Litchi Growers Association of Bihar.
Muzzafarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Champaran, Begusarai districts and adjoining areas of Bihar have a favourable climate for growing Shahi Litchi.
India is the second-largest producer of litchi (Litchi chin) in the world, after China. The translucent, flavoured aril or edible flesh of the litchi is popular as a table fruit in India, while in China and Japan it is preferred in dried or canned form. Bihar tops in terms of the production of litchi.
APEDA has been facilitating the Bihar government in formulating State agri-export plan which would provide a roadmap for boosting agricultural and processed food products exports from the State. After the finalisation of the State agri-export plan, the export potential of Makhana, mango, litchi and other fruits and vegetables can be harnessed, the release said.
Bihar government is making efforts in association with APEDA and other agencies for creating required infrastructure such as customs clearance facility, laboratory testing facility, pack-houses, pre-cooling facilities, which would harness and boost agricultural exports potential of the State, the release added.