Flowering is robust and extensive in the Mango orchards in Nuzvid, Tiruvuru, Mylavaram, Agiripally, Nunna, Thotlavallur and other areas of Krishna District. The flowering is better in majority of the orchards compared to last year, though there is a little delay in the rest.
This has led to the farmers in continuing the activity on the farms with the hope that a good yield was likely this season. There is a delay of a week to 10 days in flowering if the experiences were to be counted on. The flowering generally begins in September-October in the district. The crop harvesting is taken up from March onwards. When contacted, Horticulture Assistant Director B.S. Subbarayudu said that the farmers were suggested to spray potassium nitrate in their orchards for better results. The flowering was extensive and the crop was healthy in half of the orchards. The temperatures are going up, and there is no impending problem. The yield will be plentiful if there are no rains/cyclones during this month (January). Even subtle changes in the weather during the flowering season affect the yield. Strong winds and rain may cause dropping of the delicate mango flowers and often result in yield reduction, he said. The mango is grown in 96,000 hectare in 29 mandals of the district. The average yield is 6 tonnes per acre compared to State average of 8 tonnes per acre. The average yield is lesser in Krishna District as Banginapalli is grown, he explained.
Nuzvid, is known for ‘Chinna rasalu’. The farmers, every year, export thousands of tonnes of the fruit to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and other places.