The export of mangoes from ‘Mango City’ Muthalamada, a month earlier than usual, has given high hopes to thousands of growers who have had it quite hard over the last two years due to the effects of climate change.
Last year, heavy rain delayed the flowering of the fruits by more than one month, bringing down production by more than half. But this time, the absence of heavy rain and availability of sunlight have become most favourable for flowering of mango a month early. Now, ripe mangoes are exported from five export houses at Pallam and Adampumaram. Harvesting of mangoes has started in the high range areas of Muthalamada.