The famous Gujarat saffron mangoes are under threat of an unknown disease due to which the mangoes are falling from the trees in several orchards. Around Talala and Gir, even after the unseasonal rains, farmers originally hoped their saffron orchards would produce a plentiful crop this time. However, the crops have been infected with a white fungus in Gir and surrounding areas this year, and spraying against it was not enough.
One grower said: ”We have been preserving the saffron orchard for years. In the last 15 to 20 years, this year has been the worst. The saffron husk does not rest on the tree for a longer time and falls down very easily. The situation is serious as the production of raw mangoes is declining.”
Another added: "Due to the disease, around 50 per cent of the crop has gone. The condition of the farmer is bad. Mangos are infected with four or five diseases simultaneously. Medicines worth Rs 16,000 are also used, but there is no satisfactory result yet and the prices of mangoes will go up.”
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