Recently, Cyclone Tauktae caused wide-spread damage to mango orchards in Saurashtra and south Gujarat. This now means that traders and exporters have turned to Kutch for sourcing the fruit, which pushes the price to a record high this season.
The cyclone made a landfall between Una and Mahuva in Bhavnagar just when the harvesting season was peaking. Gusty winds and torrential rains uprooted trees and caused fruits to fall, disrupting the supply. Similar damage was reported in Valsad and Navsari districts in south Gujarat. However, Kutch remained mostly unaffected.
One Anjar APMC fruit trader said: “Before harvest starts in Kutch, mangoes from Saurashtra start arriving in our markets. But this year, supply from Saurashtra has been negligible due to the cyclone. Traders from all parts of Gujarat and even from Maharashtra are coming to Kutch to purchase mangoes.”
Valamji Humbal, chairman of the Anajr APMC, said high demand has hiked the prices. “Compared to last year’s range of Rs 30 to Rs 70 per kg, this year, the price is Rs 40 to Rs 100. In Kutch, harvest starts in the last week of May and peaks around mid-June. At present, Anjar APMC is recording arrivals of around 25,000 boxes (around two lakh kilos) of mango. The arrivals will peak over the next one week,” Humbal told indianexpress.com.
[ Rs100 = €1.10 ]