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Untimely rain and storm damages mangoes in UP

Untimely rainfall and thunderstorm in parts of Uttar Pradesh has damaged mangoes in the orchards, resulting in huge losses to farmers and traders.

Bijnore, (UP) MAY 17 : Untimely rainfall and thunderstorm in parts of Uttar Pradesh has damaged mangoes in the orchards, resulting in huge losses to farmers and traders.

Farmers in Bijnore said unpredictable weather and heavy winds termed 'Poorva hawa' or the rain bearing winds in the local dialect resulted in felling of huge quantity of fruits, before it even ripened.

"The mangoes are falling off from the trees because of the Poorva winds. We are incurring a loss of Rs. 8000-10,000 because of this. There are about three quintals of mangoes on one tree, but for the past 15 days mangoes have been falling off everyday, not even one quintal is left on the trees. It is a big loss for us and we can't even sell these in the market. Even the pesticides and watering are of no help", said Nizamuddin, a mango farm owner.

Uttar Pradesh has the largest area of land under mango cultivation approximately 0.27 million hectares.

"For the past 15 days, about 2-2.5 quintals of unripe mangoes are falling off everyday because of the Poorva winds. As a result, I am incurring huge losses. Moreover, the cost of manure and pesticides are too high." said Abdul Gaffar, another mango farm owner.

In Bijnore region alone, mangoes are grown on 7,000 hectares of land producing around 140,000 metric tones, which are sold across markets throughout the country.

Farmers estimate the crop loss due to storm and rain, in the range of around 40 to 50 per cent of the produce.

India had been looking forward to flood the US market with mangoes afterashington lifted a ban on Indian mangoes last month.

India's Alphonso variety of mango, from the Konkan belt, entered the US markets last month.

About 1,000 varieties of mangoes are grown in an area of 2.5million hectares in the country.

Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa and Assam, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the major mango-growing states in the country.

ANI

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