According to Andhra Pradesh farmers, prices have shot up drastically due to unfavourable weather conditions and pest attacks, resulting in low yield. This means the consumer has to shell out more for the fruit this summer as there has been a 40 per cent drop in mango production in the state.
Kobbari Mamidi is harvested in April, followed by other varieties like Suvarnarekha, Cheruku Rasalu, Kothapalli Kobbari, Panduri Mamidi and others. Of the all, Banginapalli, Suvarnarekha and Rasalu are usually in demand. Pariya and collector mangoes (in its raw form) are used in the preparation of traditional ‘avakai’ pickles.
The prices of the Banginapalli variety ranges between Rs 60,000 to 70,000 per tonne in the market. While, the Collector variety is Rs 35,000 per tonne, Pedda Rasalu is around Rs 45,000 per tonne and Chinna Rasalu is Rs 30,000 per tonne.
Reddy Swami, a farmer who harvested five varieties of mangoes in 20 acres of land in Vadalmanu in the district told TNIE that this year the flowering of mangoes was delayed and when the flowering started, the change in weather conditions and diseases damaged his yield.
"High rates will continue for some time. However, we expect some relief by the month-end. Once the stock of mangoes hits the market, rates will automatically come down," Swami said.
Another farmer, from Edera Village, said this year he harvested around two tonnes of collector variety and one tonne of Banginapalli in his four acres of land. Particularly, in this season, several farmers in Nuzvid and other surrounding villages prefer to harvest Banginapalli considering the export demands. At present, only 60 per cent crop has flowered and the remaining yield is likely to be harvested after the Ugadi, he said.
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