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India: Theni mango growers expect bumper yield

Theni (Southern Tamil Nadu) mango growers are in a jubilant mood as they are expecting a bumper yield and a reasonable price for their produce this season, thanks to sufficient rainfall at the right time and conducive weather through out this summer.Southern part of Tamil Nadu

Mangoes of different varieties are being cultivated across over 6,000 hectares in the district. Periakulam and nearby areas are the major mango producing centres. Mangoes are also being cultivated in some pockets of Bodinayakkanur, Thevaram and Cumbum, Cumbum Anumanthampatti in Cumbum valley.

The Banganapalli variety of mango is being cultivated in 3,000 hectares, Kallamai variety in 2,000 hectares and neelam and sendura varieties in 1,200 hectares.

After a gap of two years, neelam mango trees have also started producing fruits. Last year, due to the scorching heat and shortage of water, there was no flowering in these trees.

Harvesting of Banganapalli, Sendura and Kallamai varieties is on in full swing in many areas. Buyers too are willing to pay a good price for the produce this year as prices of mango in retail market are quite high. Depending on quality, the Banganapalli variety is currently being procured for Rs.20 to Rs.30 a kg and the Sendura varieties for Rs.10. In the retail market, Banganapalli is sold at Rs.40 a kg and Sendura at Rs.25 a kg. Harvesting will continue till next month, farmers hope.

Publication date: 6/10/2011


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