For the first time, a consignment of 12 tonnes of Banganapalli variety of mangoes was exported to London via sea route on Friday.
The department's initiative has allayed fears of growers as they are sitting on loads of mangoes with fingers crossed.
They partnered with Reddygudem Mandal Farmers Producers Company Limited to market their produce to improve their livelihood.
Climate change has hit mango production in Nellore district this year. Normally, flowering begins from January 15 and lasts till February 15.
As such, the department has collaborated with five FPOs to sell the produce directly to the consumers without the involvement of middlemen.
Even as the trading activity of the fruit for the season commenced a week ago, only six shops out of a total 80 started its operations on the market premises following the corona scare.
The civic body sent a show cause notice to Bhide, asking him to prove his claim that the fruit from his mango orchards helped childless couples in having a male child.
Controversial Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide has said that a number of couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard, drawing sharp reactions from various quarters.