The season’s first set of Alphonso mangoes, reaching the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) in Navi Mumbai months before the mango season usually starts, was sold for nearly ₹3,000 a dozen (€36.-) this Monday.
Some believe the early yield is the result of climate change. “This year, it rained relatively less, and so there was no hindrance to the process of flowers growing into fruits. This is the second time my trees have given such an early yield. In 2014, too, I supplied mangoes in October,” a farmer said.
Usually, the mango season starts by February-end. “Though the first set came now, the next will come only by February like usual. It was only a limited stock that hit the market,” APMC trader Dinkar Mahabale told The Hindu.