Heavy rain in the region at the time of flowering hits the crop
MYSORE: Mango, reckoned to be the king of fruits, has arrived in the city. But, the princely price tag of the fruit has deprived it of a ceremonial welcome by the common man.
Raspuri, the only variety available in the market at present, is being sold for Rs. 25 to Rs. 30 a kg at the wholesale mango market on Akbar Road against Rs. 8 to Rs. 10 a kg last year. Other varieties such as Badami and Malgoa are yet to arrive in substantial quantity.
The reason for this is the increasing prices of Mangoes. Raspuri is being sold at fruit stalls across the city upwards Rs. 35 a kg.
"The season has just begun. The prices may come down as the fruits start arriving in larger quantity. The price of Raspuri may come down to Rs. 15 a kg as the season peaks. But it is unlikely to come to last year's level when a rich harvest saw mangoes flooding the market," Khwaja, a trader on Akbar Road, says.
Officials of the Horticulture Department say the mango crop this year is 40 to 50 per cent less compared to the last year's production.
"The production fluctuates every year. A poor crop of mangoes follows every good crop. Last year's harvest was extremely good. But this year's crop has been hit," an official says.
The official attributed the poor crop this year to the heavy rain that lashed the region.
In many mango orchards across the region, the shape and size of the fruit has been obliterated owing to the rain and late flowering, the official says.
Meanwhile, the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) yard at Bandipalya on the outskirts of the city, which was flooded with mangoes last year, is yet to begin trading in mangoes this year.
"Unlike last year, when the mango season began early April, this year's season is yet to begin. Traders have not come forward to put up mango stalls this year," an official at the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee yard says. However, nearly 30 merchants have set up stalls on Akbar Road in the city, which is the traditional mango market. Mango-lovers in the city are hoping that the price of the fruit comes down so that they can savour the delicacy at affordable rates.