MADURAI: The Virudhunagar District Mango Growers’ Association has asked the State Government to revise the Rs. 6,000 a hectare compensation announced for crop loss without any ceiling for the mango.
In a statement, its president, N. A. Ramachandra Raja, said that out of the 6,500 acre of mango cultivated in the district around 2,500 acre of mango were in fruit-bearing state. The farmers had cultivated several varieties of mango, including ‘Sappatai’, ‘Banganapalli’, ‘Bengaloora’ and ‘Alponsa’ in Watrap, Srivilliputtur and Rajapalayam areas.
Stating that 50 to 60 well-grown trees in each acre would produce up to 6 tonne of fruits, he said that the farmer would make a net profit of Rs. 30,000 even if the fruits were sold for Rs. 10 a kg.
Mr. Raja said that the annual production which was around 6,000 tonne last year would dwindle to 500 tonne this year due to incessant rains during the second week of February and March as flowers and tender unripe fruits withered in the rain. Besides, the ripen fruits had black marks which would further reduce the price of the fruits.