Mangoes take a hit this season, lockdown troubles weigh in

Written by Gopal Kateshiya, Kamaal Saiyed, Aditi Raja
| Rajkot, Surat, Vadodra |

Published: May 2, 2020 2:04:05 am

Mangoes are at the moment promoting at a lot decrease charges than the conventional vary. (Photo by Javed Raja)
Any different summer season, Gujarati properties would have been flaunting their every day parts of keri no ras. This summer season, nevertheless, most are but to get their palms on the king of fruits in view of the nationwide lockdown. Even as costs fluctuate below stress, mango farmers in the state stare on the prospects of a truncated advertising season.

Talala Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) in Gir Somnath district is the largest wholesale market of Kesar mangoes in Gujarat. The market, which often buzzes with exercise this time of the yr, now lies principally abandoned. “The crop is late; hardly any mangoes are coming these days. We are planning to start the auction around May 10, almost 10 days later than the normal beginning of the season,” Harsukh Jarsaniya, Talala APMC secretary instructed The Indian Express.

As per horticulture division officers, an prolonged monsoon has led to the delayed harvest. “It rained till October… instead of December-January, flowering occurred in February-March. Therefore, harvest has also been delayed by around two weeks.” stated Arun Karmur, assistant director of horticulture in Junagadh. He added that some mangoes began arriving in the market from Una in Gir Somnath and Dhari in Amreli district, owing to comparatively early flowering.

Mangoes are at the moment promoting at a lot decrease charges than the conventional vary. “Around 6,000 boxes (each with 10 kg mango) are being carted to Junagadh and Gondal. The prices are Rs 800-Rs 1,000 per box, instead of Rs 1,000- Rs 1,400 normally seen in pre-season days. Prices are under pressure as big markets of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara cities are shut due to the lockdown and there are no takers of the fruit,” stated Kapil Dodiya, a mango dealer in Talala.

“My mangos will ripen and become marketable only around May 15… a month to sell my entire produce. Gujarat starts getting rain from mid-June and mango prices crash then. Due to shortened marketing season, there will be glut in market, keeping prices low,” stated Bharat Dobariya, proprietor of a six-hectare mango orchard in Talala.

In Vadodara, mangoes are but to be harvested. Ajit Thakor, proprietor of one of many largest orchards in Kajapura village, stated, “I have over 10,000 trees in my orchard… It will take minimum 20 days to be able to pluck them ,” he stated, including that the lockdown will profit farmers near cities like Vadodara and Ahmedabad, the place the majority harvest has not arrived from different components of the state.

“With the supplies affected, the prices will be higher at least in Vadodara. We don’t have as much mango being grown in central Gujarat as in Rajkot and Junagadh. Exports have also been hit, so prices in areas of bulk production will be hit,” he added.

Mango markets in South Gujarat have additionally been struggling. “It’s a business running into hundreds of crores. The varieties of Kesar, Alpohonso, Langda come from Dharampur, Chikhli, Navsari, Vapi and Umargam to Sardar market. This year, the stock arrival will be delayed due to lockdown,” stated RR Mishra, Valsad Sardar APMC secretary. “We expect the prices may go below Rs 1,000 for Alphonso, Kesar and Langda… farmers will have to face the loss.”

Sources stated that merchants from Uttar Pradesh, who often come to Valsad with labourers to pluck fruits and promote to merchants in Mumbai, haven’t arrived but. “The UP traders rent orchards for five lakh to Rs 70 lakh, depending on the area and trees grown. They bring their labour to pluck mangoes and trade in cities like Mumbai where export to USA, UK and Gulf countries is huge. Local farmers are facing a tough time trying to pick the fruit this year,” stated a supply.

A mango orchard proprietor in Anjlav village of Valsad, Vijay Patel stated a few farmers submitted a memorandum to the District collector in search of permission for labourers to journey to the farms for the “timely harvest” of the fruit.

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