Covid second wave may hit demand, fear mango growers

As the next wave of Covid-19 pandemic tightens its grip across the country, mango growers worry it would harm demand for the fruit as they gear up to harvest their generate.

After experiencing adverse weather problems brought on by unseasonal rains for the duration of flowering and fruit setting time period, which has impacted the creation in various areas, growers now encounter the challenge to marketplace their generate amidst the next wave.

For the kinds that are currently harvested, there is a blended trend in costs across unique areas, depending on the demand-provide and also the simplicity of marketing the generate.

UP to begin harvest

In Uttar Pradesh, the biggest mango creating State the place kinds this sort of as Dasheri and Chausa are developed, the harvest is established to begin in next 50 percent of May well.

“Growers are anxious about the spread of coronavirus. If the lockdown and the constraints imposed by the Governing administration proceeds, then there will be challenge marketing the generate. We have urged the govt to preserve the mandis open up and let transportation of the generate,” said S Insaram Ali, President, Mango Growers Association of India in Malihabad. Ali said the purchasers and fee agents, who usually make progress payments to the growers by booking their generate are absent this yr. The creation in Uttar Pradesh is viewed higher this yr. “We are expecting the crop to be about forty lakh tonnes,” Ali said.

Hoping for the most effective

In Karnataka’s Kolar district, the biggest mango creating region in the State, harvest will begin from May well 15. “Growers are keeping their fingers crossed and are observing the scenario,” said Raja Reddy, Advisor to the Srinivasapura Mango Farmer Creating Company in Kolar.If the lockdown and other curbs to contain the spread of virus are extended, growers could encounter the challenge in shifting their generate to processing models in Chittor and Krishnagiri districts of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, he said. “Last yr also we confronted difficulties in shifting the generate, but the crop was little and the demand was far more. This yr, we are expecting a higher crop of about four.five-five lakh tonnes in Kolar alone,” Reddy said.

Totapuri is the primary variety manufactured in Kolar, which usually receives processed in the neighbouring States, although the district also makes other kinds this sort of as Alphonso, Malllika, Malgoa and Sendura. Kolar, which attracts purchasers from far off States this sort of as Rajasthan, Assam and Maharashtra among the other individuals, is nonetheless to listen to from them this yr, Reddy said. Past yr, mango growers of Kolar did not really feel the impact of Covid as the harvest coincided with the lifting of lockdown.

Improved returns

In Ramnagara, a further major mango creating district of Karnataka, the harvest started a thirty day period back and growers received very good price tag in the early component of the harvest year. “The statewide lockdown has impacted the trade and costs have dropped now,” said MC Swamy of Ramanagar District Mango and Coconut Farmer Producer Company.

Decline in costs

Growers of Badami or Alphonso variety, which received a price tag of ₹140-150 for every kg for the duration of the pre-lockdown times in Ramanagara district are now having ₹50-60 a kg now. Equally, the costs of Raspuri, Sendura and Neelam kinds have also viewed a decrease, Swamy said. Horticulture expert, SV Hittalamani said the growers are immediately marketing their generate in big condominium complexes of Bengaluru.

According to the first progress estimates for horticulture crops introduced by the agriculture ministry in March this yr, mango creation is viewed higher at 21.twelve million tonnes from the remaining estimates of twenty.26 million tonnes in the previous yr. The mango space is also viewed higher at two.388 million hectares as compared to two.281 million hectares in the previous yr.

In Keshod, Gujarat, the heartland for Kesar variety of mango, the arrivals started from Tuesday. The arrivals were lessen at about five,600-6,000 containers (owning 10 kg just about every) as versus about 8,000-9,000 containers about same time period last yr. Prices are higher by about 10-15 for every cent to ₹900 for every box for most effective good quality variety. The costs hovered about ₹700-800 for every box last yr same time period.