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Alphonso may not land on your plate

india Updated: Apr 30, 2010 08:16 IST
HT Correspondent / Abhishek
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The delicacy of Alphonso, Kesar breed and mango shake from Totapuri mangoes would become dearer this year as the price of these breeds would be high because of low production in southern and western belt of the country.

But the desi breed of mangoes including Dashahri, Langra and Chausa would be available in plenty this year for the people of Kanpur because the production of these varieties would increase at least by 20 to 30 percent this year.

According to experts, the production of the Totapuri breed of mangoes has seen a decline because of delay in flowering in mango trees and non-favourable weather conditions in southern and western belt of the country. The market trends show that the prices of this mango breed have gone up this year by 50 to 60 percent because of low production in Tamilnadu.

A member of Mandi Parishad in Kanpur, Raj Kumar Gupta said that the Totapuri variety is largely utilised in the fruit juice business and in making of other items from mango pulp. According to experts, the price of Totapuri mango was about 10 rupees a kg last year but the price of the same has increased up to 15 rupees a kilogram in the fruit market.

Hundreds of mango-shake stalls are set-up across the city with the start of summer season and the owners of these shops largely use the Totapuri variety of the mango. A mango shake shop owner Ramakant Mishra said that the Totapuri variety has more pulp in comparison to other variety of mangos whether it is Dashahri or the famous Malihabadi.

Niland Bhosle, the manager of Processed food in Indian Trade Corporation (ITC) Agriculture division talking over phone with HT said that the sudden fluctuation in the weather in coastal areas of Maharashtra has adversely affected mango production.

He added that the export of mangoes would be poor this year. He added that the prices of Alphonso and Kesar variety of mangoes would also go up.

On the other hand, there is good news too for the mango lovers of the city, as they would get the desi mangoes in plenty. District Agriculture safety officer Dharmendra Kumar said that the production of Dashahri and Langra in Kanpur and near by regions would increase this year and these varieties of mangoes are expected to be cheaper for the customers this season.