Prices drop by almost 60% as South Africa enters peak mango season

South Africa has a good mango crop this year which is estimated at 75,000 tonnes, roughly the same as last year.

Very favourable climatic conditions during flowering and fruit set led to an expectation of a crop larger than last year's, but thrips damage to blooms and young fruit in the Hoedspruit area as well as cold damage to the pollen of late cultivars have reduced the crop estimate. 

On the other hand, there has been good rainfall which could be a boon to size development.

Currently mango growers are harvesting the Tommy Atkins variety.

The mango price dropped by almost 60% to R3.73 (0.2 euros) per kilogram, from R8.97 (0.5 euros) a week ago, as the amount of mangoes on the fresh produce markets swelled by 200%.

South Africa's mango exports make up a small portion of its mango production, but there has been upward movement in mango exports over the past few years.

There is also much informal mango production, chiefly for the condiment called atchar which is made with green, unripe mangoes, and it is therefore difficult to ascertain the entire amount of mangoes produced in the country.

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