The Covid-19 crisis, which has led to few overseas orders and a lack of demand in the domestic market has left mango growers in Uttar Pradesh in a pickle. The local markets in UP are flooded with Dussehri mangoes as traders have no option left. The rates of Dussehri in the local market is lowest in last five years during the peak season.
In the wholesale market of Malihabad, the mango belt of UP, Dussehri are selling at Rs 15 to 20 (€0.18-0.24) per kilogram. Although there is the second half of the season yet to come, very few local traders are turning up in the wholesale market.
The rates may go down further if they will not get orders from Delhi-Mumbai or overseas, says a wholesale trader. Due to Covid crisis, the fruit markets in Delhi and Mumbai are not functioning properly and it is difficult for them to bear the freight charges.
According to mango grower Shabihul Hasan, last year 4.5 mln tons of Dussehri mangoes were produced in Malihabad, whereas this year the production is likely to be 2.5 mln tons.