India: New mango variety gains popularity

In Karimnagar district of the Indian state of Telangana, unseasonal rains have reduced the mango yield, which has subsequently led to an increase in demand for a new variety of the fruit- 'Jalal'.

The mango yield has fallen by 40 percent compared to last year; rain and gales during the ripening stage reduced the amount of both sweet and raw mangoes on the local market. Also, rumours that pickle mango stocks would soon be exhausted have led to panic buying. 

The situation has led to some farmers taking up the cultivation of the Jalal variety of mango which is giving rich dividends to the traders.

This is a variety of pickle mango grown mostly in Rangareddy and some other districts. The size is comparably large to the local varieties.

As customers also prefer this variety, traders too are importing them from other districts, in order to meet the demand.

“Each ‘Jalal’ mango is priced at Rs 15 to Rs 20 in the market, whereas regular sweet mangoes are being sold for Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kg,” a merchant said.

Normally, farmers in the district grow Allahabad Safeda and L-49 varieties, which are small in size, horticulture authorities said.

‘Jalal’ is being grown on 5 per cent of the total cultivated area of 31,500 hectares. It has yielded 4.5 tonnes so far this year and in 2015, the yield was 8 tonnes.

(1 Indian Rupee= 0.015 USD)

Source: newindianexpress.com

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