Andhra Pradesh, India:

Nuzvid mango cultivators reap the bitter fruits of lockdown

Mango farmers from the well-known Nuzvid area of Andhra Pradesh are one of the worst-hit due to the lockdown. Although transport restrictions have eased, mango farmers failed to make profits as most of the fruit markets are closed.

"I spent a lot of money to protect the crop from pests during the flowering season. Usually, we spray pesticides twice, but this year, we had to spray it four times," said one mango farmer. He added that he normally earns around Rs 25,000 per ton of mangoes (€300), but due to the lockdown, he made only Rs 10,000 per ton so far this season (€120).

Furthermore, this season has seen no supply activity due to the absence of workforce in the orchards. Another cause for worry is that the farmers are afraid to travel to other states due to the spread of coronavirus.

Also, the closure of Gaddi Annaram market in Hyderabad, one of the biggest fruit markets in the two Telugu states, has also impacted Nuzvid farmers. Growers said that though the railway authorities are helping them supply mangoes to consumers and markets, they are unable to get a reasonable price for their produce and are instead ending up paying transport charges.


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