Up till recently, Gujarat farmers have mostly grown kesar, alphanso and langra mango varieties. Now, the Anand Agricultural University (AAU) has developed a new mango variety, the Gujarat mango 1 or Anand rasraj, which the agriculture scientists say is high yielding and of better quality.
This mango has the potential to be at par or even fetch a better market than kesar because of the taste, fruit size and yield of this new variety, said AAU scientists.
"Anand rasraj variety of mango developed by us and released recently has the potential to satisfy the demand of mango growers and consumers," said AAU vice-chancellor Dr K.B. Kathiria.
"Nowadays consumer preference is mostly based on quality, taste and shelf life of fruits. Though the langra is a very good variety, it has lower shelf life while kesar has been in very good demand in local as well as foreign markets on account of its quality and taste," said AAU horticulture scientist Dr M.J. Patel.