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Nuzvid Banginapalli mango loses glory in IndiaThe world famous Nuzvid Banginapalli and Chinna Rasalu mango varieties are losing their glory in India; production is declining in several areas of cultivation. The Krishna district is home to the Banginapalli variety, being the second largest mango producer in the country after Uttar Pradesh. However, it is now losing its sheen as farmers are shifting to alternative crops due to continuous losses.
According to the Horticulture Department, mango was cultivated on 67,000 hectares in the district. Now it has declined to 50,000 hectares due to recurring problems with unfavourable weather conditions Farmers are opting for alternative crops like oil palm, vegetables and fruits.
There still is a lot of demand for the Chinna Rasaalu mango in the local markets and the Banginapalli is in good demand in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Hong Kong, America, Japan and other European countries. New Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu purchase 60% of mango produce from the Krishna district every year.
But although these mango varieties have huge demand on the world markets, according to a thehansindia.com article, the farmers are just not getting satisfactory yields. Average mango production is 8 tonnes per hectare, but each year the farmers get only 4 tonnes due to adverse climatic conditions.
Publication date: 1/24/2018
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