This year’s Indian mango season is expected to be short as unseasonal rain and hailstorm have taken a toll on the orchards during the crucial flowering phase of the fruit.
The first consignment of Hapus mangoes from Karnataka arrived in the market on Thursday, marking the start of the mango season in Maharashtra. The mango season, traders in the Gultekdi wholesale market said, will be short and expensive due to lower produce.
Satish Ursal, a commission agent operating out of the market, said the first box of Hapus consisted of four dozen mangoes from Karnataka. “The quality of the fruit was good and it was sold at a premium to a trader in the market,” he said. Ursal said this was the first batch of mangoes from Karnataka to have arrived in Pune.
Ursal said the mango season will only get underway after April 15, when shipments will improve. “We feel the season will continue till the end of May, making this a short season for the city,” he said. Due to lower production, the fruit will be costlier than usual, he added.
According to indianexpress.com¸ stray boxes of Konkan Hapus were trading at around Rs 5,000 to 7,000 per four dozen boxes (€59-83) in the market, Ursal said. Maharashtra has around 100,000 hectares of mango orchards, which are concentrated mainly in the Konkan and Marathwada regions of the state.