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Unexpected storm destroys mango crop in Uttar Pradesh

An unexpected storm has badly affected the mango harvest in Uttar Pradeshs Malihabad area.

By Kamna Mathur

Malihabad (Uttar Pradesh), May 21 : An unexpected storm has badly affected the mango harvest in Uttar Pradesh's Malihabad area.

Tonnes of mangoes are rotting in markets because there are no takers for the unripe fruit.

"About 3,000 truckloads of mangoes have gone waste due to storm. It is nearly 40 per cent of the total crop. The mangoes had to be sold for as little as 25 paise to one rupee," said Babu Choudhary, a mango trader.

Mango is cultivated in almost 42 per cent of the total land under fruit crops in India.

Uttar Pradesh has the largest area of 0.27 million hectares under mango cultivation."The loss has been to the tune of 40 per cent, our condition is pathetic, and the mangoes are selling for only rupees five to fifteen per box at the moment. The loss is so great that I might even have to sell my property," said Suresh Singh Rajput, another mango trader.

India is the world's biggest producer of this tropical fruit contributing 59 percent of total production but its share in the world mango market is less than 15 percent.

It exports about 30,000 tonnes of mangoes every year to nearly 40 countries including Britain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Canada and now the Untied States. Mangoes account for around 39 percent of the total fruit exports from India.

The major mango growing States include Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, and Assam, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.


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