There is good news for mango lovers, as a good yield of this king of fruits is expected in orchards in Krishna district, which exports a large quantity to many destinations in India.
The popular varieties like Banginapally and Chinna rasalu will have a good yield in Krishna district this season, according to Horticulture Department officials.
Mango crop is in a better stage in the orchards in upland mandals of the district compared to last year. Farmers have reaped the fruit twice in some areas by April-end and mango stocks both raw and ripe ones are flooding the market. The recent gales in the district caused five to ten per cent fruit yield drop, but, the rainfall will help it grow in farms where the crop is in tender stage, said the officials.
Last year, the production was around 1.75 lakh tonnes in the district and this year the total produce may be around 2 lakh tonnes, Horticulture Assistant Director P.M. Subhani told The Hindu.
The average cultivable area in the district is about 57.15 hectares and the bearing area is 55,000 hectares. Farmers raise banginapally, chinna rasalu, pedda rasalu, Navaneetam rasalu and totapuri varieties.
Banginapally was raised in 70 per cent of the cultivable area, totapuri in 20 per cent and the remaining varieties in ten per cent of the orchards. The crop is good in the orchards in Tiruvuru, Reddygudem, Vissannapeta, Nuzvid, Jaggaiahpet, A. Konduru, Mylavaram, Gampalagudem and other mandals.
Less fruit drop
This year, fruit drop is lower compared to previous years and the growers expect an average of four tonnes of fruit per hectare. About 20 per cent of the mango stocks had already arrived in the market and another 40 per cent of the fruits are ready for harvesting. Farmers use Totapuri mangoes for preparing jelly, said the Horticulture AD.
“Mango is a crop, which has alternate bearing cycle and in bangenapally variety the phenomenon is striking. The production, however, depends on the age of the crop/trees. I plucked the fruit thrice in January, March and in April and the price in the market is good,” said a farmer Kondaiah of Reddygudem village.