Cold and rain may halve Kesar mango production in Gujarat

Kesar mango growers are expecting production to be down by 50%, which may result in a spike in wholesale and retail prices. Some farmers claim that traders in Juangadh and Gir Somnath districts were offering them twice the money for the yearly contract for the sale of Kesar mangoes from their orchards.

The key reasons for low production include large-scale damage to mango orchards during cyclone Taukte in May 2021. The cyclone that hit the Gujarat coast had caused devastation in Gir Gadhada and Una talukas of Gir Somnath district, which is considered to be hub of Kesar mango cultivation.

Then there were the unseasonal rains that lashed Amreli and Gir Somnath in December and early January, coupled with a dip in temperature, has delayed the flowering of mango trees.


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