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Adverse climate hits mango crop in Gujarat

May 6, 2011 - Navsari

Mango growers in Gujarat's Navsari district say the impact of Global warming and adverse climate conditions in the region have damaged mango flowers.

The mango growers, who were anticipating big profits from a bumper crop, are now counting their losses.

"Last year there was a tremendous mango crop. This year there was 100 percent flowering but due to climate change and Global warming and also due to some viral problems, at present the crop is going to be between 15 to 20 percent only. So mango crop has totally failed this time," said Jayesh Nayak, a mango grower.

"Earlier the flowering was very nice and we were in hope that we will earn nicely this year too but due to weather changes the crop is almost crashed and on 17 to 18 percent of mango crop might be able to come out from the situation," said Paresh Adhvaryu, another mango grower.

Farmers also said there is no possibility of export this year and as the production will be limited the price of the fruit would also rise.

Mango, often called the king of fruits and India's main summer fruit crop, is grown across the country, and its harvest too is spread out.

Arrivals of the fruit from southern and western parts of the country hit the market mainly in April-May, while harvest in the north starts from May-end and runs till mid-July.

Alphonso, Banganapalli, Kesar, Langra, Chausa, Mallika and Dussheri are the most popular varieties from across the country, and their prices vary.

India produces more than half the world's mangoes but exports only a tiny portion.


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