The second wave of Covid-19 is likely to affect mango exports from Andhra Pradesh as increasing caseloads, a decreasing number of flights and high freight charges have made mango growers uncertain of this season’s export chances.
Andhra Pradesh is one of the top mango cultivators in the country. Mangoes are grown in 376,000 hectares across the state. The Chittoor district tops the chart growing mangoes in 112,000 hectares. Popular varieties of mangoes grown in the state are: Banginapalli, Chinna Rasalu, Pedda Rasalu, Totapuri, Neelam and Suvarnarekha.
Timesofindia.indiatimes.com reports that mango exporters say that Indian mangoes will be absent from retail markets for the second consecutive year after the pandemic hampered exports last year. The pandemic has also caused freight charges to skyrocket with number of flight services decreasing.
Chittoor officials want to export 300 tons of mangoes abroad
The Department of Horticulture and growers have set a goal of exporting 300 tons of mangoes to other countries from the Chittoor district. Farmers have exported round 32 tons of mangoes to Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and South Korea from the Chittoor district to this point this year.
Some farmers will promote their produce to traders in other states similar to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Further, merchants from northern components of the nation similar to Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat attain the mango mandis within the district and buy the produce for promoting of their areas.