Gorging on your favorite fruits will be more expensive this summer as the mango harvest in Malihabad is expected to be lean.
Mango growers here cited poor flowering, disease and erratic water supply as some of the reasons for the expected low production and said the harvest is also expected to be delayed by around 20 days and expected to hit the market soon. here on June 20 of this year.
Mango growers said poor flowering tops the list of issues that have hampered production this season of mangoes. They said temperature plays an important role in flowering and that “this year the high intensity winter hampered flowering.”
Mohammed Miyan, a mango grower in Malihabad, where 23,589 hectares of land is devoted to growing mangoes, said that this year they were really looking forward to a good yield, “but the late flowering has left a serious dent in the the mango harvest”. he added.
Another mango farmer, Mohammed Rizwan, former village chief of Sindharwa, said this period is crucial for the mango harvest because it is when the flowers bloom, “but the late flowering dashed all hopes”. , he added. .
Insram Ali, Chairman of Indian Mango Growers Association (AIMGA), said that on average, the mango belt here in Uttar Pradesh produces 45 lakh metric tons of mangoes. But this time, as a result of late flowering and other factors including poor watering and the availability of poor quality pesticides, production is expected to be lower than normal. “Besides, the harvest is also late this year and is expected to hit the market in the second or third week of June,” Ali said.
He said the low production will also drive up fruit prices. “We don’t even have farmer status. Our harvest is also not assured and we do not receive any subsidy from the government for pesticides,” he added.
Shailendra Rajan, former director of the Central Institute of Subtropical Horticulture (CISH), Lucknow, and a fruit expert described it as a problem with delayed flowering, which he says is due to the low temperature. He said the scenario would not only delay the harvest but also reduce the yield.