Goa markets are receiving plenty of local mango variants at this point in time. This season, however, delayed flowering has led to the late arrival of the Goan Mancurad, Hilario and Xavier varieties.
Principal scientist from the Goa-based Central Coastal Agricultural Research Institute, A.R. Desai, said: “There is a considerable delay in the arrival of Mancurad in the local market due to improper and sparse flowering as a result of which there was scattered fruit setting.”
Flowers of some trees got damaged due to the unseasonal rain seen in January and February and some trees are flowering now. “This is of no use since it will rain again in June by which time the fruits will not be ready for harvest,” Desai added.
Only Alphonso mangoes are available in the market currently, while the availability of the Mancurad variety is limited. Hilario on the other hand, which enters markets around this time, may be available only by the end of this month.