- Bai Bai Agriculture pvt ltd is a venture promoted by
Dr. Seema and has a Mango grove near Tirupati. It is basically a ten acre
farm with some twenty full time employees with an export office in Mumbai handled by Mr. Kaalia who has more than
twenty years of experience in Import /Export.
The farm has
been exporting Andhra variety of mangoes for nearly five years to South
American countries like Peru and Brazil and also to countries like Australia
and Indonesia. The customers were happy as these mangoes almost sold instantly
in the fruit markets around these countries. The profits were high and even the
Governmental agencies were happy.
But earlier this
year the company got a letter from the embassies of most of these countries
that some 10% of the mangoes were giving a pungent taste and also the color of
these mangoes were becoming purple after some time. The company first thought
the problem was happening in the containers during export but Dr.Triboovan ( a
Japanese expert) detected traces of nickel in the specimen mangoes that were
sent to him.
Water is pumped
into the grove from a canal that is linked to the nearby river and
investigations revealed that an electroplating unit started recently was
dumping their waste into the canal periodically which was high in nickel
content and the nickel content in the Mango could be traced to this.
Dr Seema is a
worried person now as the next export consignment is due in another six months.
A letter to the Electroplating company regarding this matter went unanswered
and the Electroplating company demanded
proof of contamination to effluents from their plant. The electroplating plant
is also pleading helplessness as there is no other drain for its effluents and
the demand for electroplating is so high due to increase in industrial
manufacturing around that electroplating cannot stop even for a day.
Could this problem have been foreseen by the Agri
As an immediate measure should the Agri company focus
on some new International markets for its mangoes.
Do you think some new kind of fertilizer can arrest
Should the company look for some new sources of Water?
What should be the role of Govt bodies in such cases?
What short term and long term solutions would you