Patna: Shahi Litchi’s first cargo from Bihar was exported to the UK by air with support of APEDA
Season’s first consignment of Shahi Litchi from Bihar was exported to the United Kingdom by air route today.
The fruit is being sourced from farmers in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, APEDA collaborated with the Department of Agriculture, Bihar along with other stakeholders such as farmers, exporters and importers for facilitating exports of Shahi Litchi.
Shahi Litchi was the fourth agricultural product to get GI certification from Bihar in 2018, afterJardalu mango, Katarni rice and Magahi paan. GI registration for Shahi Litchi is held with the Muzaffarpur-based Litchi Growers Association of Bihar.
Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Champaran, Begusarai districts and adjoining areas of Bihar have favorable climate for growing Shahi Litchi. India is the second largest producer of litchi in the world, after China.