Mango yields drop significantly

Mango yields drop significantly
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Mango yields drop significantly.Summer has come. But where are the mangoes? The people are eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer tropical treat. A majority are displeased with the dearth of the golden yellow fruit in the city markets.

Summer has come. But where are the mangoes? The people are eagerly anticipating the arrival of summer tropical treat. A majority are displeased with the dearth of the golden yellow fruit in the city markets. The king of fruits may be costly this season due to low yield of mango in Krishna district, which has been attributed to various factors. According to an estimate, the mango crop yield this season may be 40 to 60 per cent less compared to last summer.

A heap of green mangoes at the wholesale market in Vijayawada. Photo: Ch Venkata Mastan

In Krishna district, mango orchards are spread over 67,115 hectares and the acreage of fruit-bearing trees is 55,000 hectares. The Banginapalli variety of mango accounts for 70 per cent of the total crop yield, while the rest of the output comprises Thothapuri, rasalu and other varieties. As of now, only the kobbari mamidi (green mango), which is used in pickles, is available in the market. The price of each fruit ranges from Rs 50 to Rs 80 depending on the size.

The uncertainty over the State capital in the mango-yielding belt of the district during the initial cropping season also contributed to the decline in the output. Several farmers aspired to cash in on realty boom. With the decline in the crop yield, the mango exports from Krishna district are set to come down.A businessman dealing in fruit at the city wholesale market said, “There are lesser mangoes this season when compared to last year.

However, the import from other parts of the State is expected to go up in May as there is a good demand for the fruit in the city. Generally, fruit businessmen focus on export of mangoes to various parts of the country and abroad to get a higher price for the fruit. In that case, the availability of the mangoes in the local market takes a toll. Even if the fruit is available in the local market, its price may be high due to limited supply.”

By Ch Sowmya Sruthi

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