In Andhra Pradesh there is a huge demand for fruit covers made of wood pulp for raising fruits like mango, pomegranate, banana and more to provide protection from pests, inclement weather conditions and to provide general value addition.
According to horticultural authorities, some growers are using covers like these for their mango crops, especially in parts of Krishna district. They fix covers to the mango fruit when the fruit size is that of a small lemon and keep it for nearly 40 to 45 days until its harvest and the same cover can also be used for ripening the fruit in four to five days, as against using carbide.
One of the advantages for fixing such covers is that there is no need to spray pesticides. The covers also protect against fruit drop in case of heavy gales and there is no damage to the fruit in case of rainfall. By the time, the fruit gets ready for harvest, it is free from residues of pesticides, high quality of fruit with no black spots on its outer skin, more weight and shelf life and fetches high price with value addition, maintain the authorities.
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