First Shipment of 14 tons Bhagwa Pomegranate were Shipped after successfull trial to US

Mumbai : In a landmark moment for Maharashtra’s agriculture sector, the first shipment of Bhagwa pomegranates has arrived in the United States. This prized variety, known for its distinctive deep red color, thick rind, and sweet, juicy arils, is now poised to capture the hearts and taste buds of American consumers.

On February 28, 2024, a momentous 14 tons (4,258 boxes) of Bhagwa pomegranates were shipped from Maharashtra to the US, marking the culmination of dedicated efforts by various stakeholders, including the Central Ministry of Commerce, the State Agricultural Marketing Board, and APEDA.

The successful export to the US, a major and lucrative market for pomegranates, opens up new opportunities for Maharashtra’s farmers. This breakthrough is expected to fetch better prices for the farmers, boost their income, and contribute to the overall growth of the state’s agriculture sector.

What is special about Bhagwa Pomegranates

  • Unique Characteristics: Deep red color, thick rind, large and juicy arils, sweet and slightly tart flavor.
  • Health Benefits: Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Cultivation: Thrives in the warm and dry climate of Maharashtra.
  • Demand: High demand in domestic and international markets.

What is signifiance of this export:

  • First-ever shipment to the US: Opens up a new and lucrative market for Bhagwa pomegranates.
  • Benefits for farmers: Increased market access, better prices, higher income.
  • Contribution to the economy: Boosts exports, generates revenue, creates jobs.

A Signifiant milestone for Maharashtra Agricultural sector:

The successful export of Bhagwa pomegranates to the US is a significant milestone for Maharashtra’s agriculture sector. With its unique characteristics, high demand, and potential for economic growth, the Bhagwa variety is poised to become a valuable export commodity of the Maharashtra. Which is going to benefiet for the Pomegranate producing farmers of the state.

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