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Drop in mango arrivals at Salem markets

Despite the popularity of the fruit and high demand in the market, traders in Salem are unhappy because of steep price fluctuations.E.Lakshmi NarayananE_LakshmiNarayanan

Despite the popularity of the fruit and high demand in the market, traders in Salem are unhappy because of steep price fluctuations.E.Lakshmi NarayananE_LakshmiNarayanan  

Supply of mangoes to vegetable and fruits markets here has witnessed significant decrease due to rain and summer.

While traders are getting better prices for the fruit, there is not enough supply to meet demand, say traders.

Nearly 40 to 50 varieties of mangoes are sold here and mangoes from Salem are sent to other parts of the country and exported to Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and various other countries. Varieties such as Imam pasand, Alphonso, Malgova, Salem Bangalora are on high demand here

A. Jayapal, president of the Salem Mango and Fruit Merchants’ Association said, “this is the peak season and mango yield has reduced this year due to water scarcity and scorching summer. During this season last year, we received 50 tonnes of mangoes a day while the supply today is only close to 20 tonnes. Though traders are getting better prices, there is not enough yield to meet the demand.”

“Within Salem city, business has declined from Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 20 lakh compared to last year.

J. Srinivasan, a trader, says “the price of the mangoes range from Rs. 20 a kg. to Rs. 140 kg. depending upon the variety and quality of the fruit. Though we are getting better prices, there is not enough supply. We are able to meet only local orders with the current supply of the fruit. Over 100 tonnes are exported from the region every season and quantity of exports may reduce this year.”

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