The delicious Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh have got the Geographical Indication Registration from the Geographical Indication Registry, Chennai.
The Registrar of Geographical Indication Registration accorded the registration following an application submitted by the Horticulture Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh.
Geographical Indication Registration indicates that the product comes from a specified region and the quality and other features of the produce is specific to the particular region. It is covered under the Intellectual Property Rights of the country and helps farmers and growers gain better market value for the product as it is unique to a distinct region.
Banaganapalle mangoes are renowned for their sweetness and have been grown in the state for over 100 years. They are also called Beneshan, Baneshan, Benishan, Chappatai and Safeda. The application seeking GI registration mentioned that these mangoes can retain their sweetness for up to three months when kept in cold storage. The application further read,
The prominent characteristic of Banganapalle mangoes is that their skin has very light spots, stone is oblong in shape and having very thin seed with sparse and soft fiber all over.
The main region for growing these mangoes is Kunool district comprising of Banaganapalle, Paanyam and Nandyal mandals and the secondary regions include coastal region of Andhra Pradesh and Rayalassema district. Several districts of Telangana also produce this variety, namely, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy, Medak and Adilabad districts.
The application also revealed that a logo is also on the cards with the succulent yellow fruit on it and “Banganappalle Mangoes of Andhra Pradesh” written around it with an image of a male and female farmer. Around 5,500 tonnes of Banaganapalle mangoes are exported annually with an annual turnover of around Rs. 1,461 crores.