Gujarat farmers fear 40% yield loss

Rain and hail affect kesar mango production

Bad weather has been resulting in rain and hail in several parts of Saurashtra for the past 10-12 days. This has badly affected hit the kesar mango production in Junagadh, Gir-Somnath and Amreli districts. While kesar mangoes have started trickling in the markets, farmers say there is a huge loss in the crop this year due to the climate change effect. The recent rain and hail have only added to their woes.

Farmers fear a loss of around 40% in these three districts, which grow maximum kesar mangoes. Last year they were hit by the cyclonic condition that prevailed around the time of fruiting and later the Covid-induced lockdown.

According to¸ the production is likely to be low even as the area under kesar cultivation has increased to 25,000 hectares from 20,000 hectares a few years ago.

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