Pune’s mango season has entered its last phase and arrivals from both Konkan and Karnataka are dwindling significantly. According to traders who are operating out of Pune’s wholesale market at Gultekdi, the season is expected to be over within the next 10 days.
Mango orchards in the state reported a 20 per cent dip in production due to the unseasonal rains, which struck the area last year. Also, the mango season had coincided with the national lockdown with wholesale markets being shut for business. Farmers had taken to exploring direct markets for their fruits as the wholesale markets remained closed.
This year, the mango season had started late. Growers from Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg reported their first harvest only towards the end of March. The growers from Raigad had reported a very late season with mangoes from that district arriving in mid-April. Pune’s markets reported the first arrival of Karnataka mangoes towards the end of March.