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Indian Alphonsos Hit By Last Year’s Untimely Rains
- May 04, 2018 -

With a dip in production of Alphonsos in the Konkan belt, farmers believe better marketing of their produce through exhibitions could help improve sales.


Untimely rains in November and December 2017 have hit the Alphonso mango harvest badly this year, said Konkan-based farmers attending a mango exhibition in Mumbai said on Wednesday. “More than 75 percent of the fruit, which had started blooming or had almost bloomed, were lost in the rains. That is why we are able to sell only 25 percent of our usual produce this year. Due to reduced soil quality, we are unable to increase mango production at our farms,” said a farmer from Devgad. 


With a dip in production of Alphonsos in the Konkan belt, farmers set their hopes on better marketing. However, farmers worry that consumers have started doubting the quality of Alphonso mangoes due to “misleading information” spread by some sellers. “Many mango sellers mark their mangoes as Alphonso, to encourage sales. They use harmful chemicals, including carbide powder, which makes the mango look similar to an Alphonso but it does not taste as good. These mangoes also spoil sooner,” one of the farmers told indianexpress.com.