Both growers and traders have confirmed that, from this year, the fruit will be available only between April and May. According to Vidyadhar Joshi, a mango farmer from Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, this year the orchards failed to flower on time.
At present they have flowered, but the fruit takes time to grow. Joshi says this takes about 110 days and thus the first crop will be available only near the end of April, early May.
The Indian Express was told cyclone Okhi delayed the flowering in the orchards of Karnataka and Kerala as well. So the season is going to be a short one, but prices will be low due to the sudden glut.
Mangoes are an important component of India’s export range. This year, too, the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board intends to increase its footprints in Iran, Australia and Korea. Last year, Alphonso mangoes were exported to these countries for the first time.