Flowering is good and climate is conducive, say farmers

If we think of sweet mangoes, the name ‘Nuzvid Rasalu’ strikes the mind immediately. This year, the famous ‘Chinna Rasalu’, ‘Banginapalli’ and other varieties are ready to delight your taste buds.

“Krishna district, particularly Nuzvid, is known for ‘Chinna Rasalu’. Every year, we send thousands of tonnes of this variety of mango to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and other places,” said farmers of mango orchards.

The flowering was good and there were no pest attacks on the crop so far in the region. There would be good production by March-end if the situation continues to be friendly, they stated. The flowers of the mango trees were seen with full bloom in the orchards at Nuzvid, Agiripally, Nunna, Thotlavallur and other areas in the district. In some areas, the fruit was at the tender stage and the crop would be ready in the next 20 days.

“Compared to the last year, flowering is good and we are expecting good yield this season. Investment is also less this year as the crop is healthy,” V. Srinivasa Rao, a mango farmer of Nekkalam Gollagudem village told The Hindu .

“I have raised ‘Chinna Rasalu’, ‘Pedda Rasalu’ and ‘Banginapalli’ varieties in five acres. We picked the fruit twice as there was early flowering by November-December. We are happy with the crop condition so far,” another farmer S. Venkata Ratnam of Adavi Nekkalam village said.

About 80 per cent of trees were flowering now. Though the recent rains did cause some damage to the trees, the production was expected to be double the last year, S. Veeranjaneyulu, a mango orchard owner in Nuzvid area said.

“Most of the produce will be used for local consumption in Vijayawada, Khammam, Guntur, East and West Godavari and neighbouring districts. The fine quality of ‘Banginapalli’ fruits will be exported to other countries,” Mr. Venkata Ratnam stated.