The Mango Growers’ Association has flayed state government’s apathy for decrease in mango production every year.
Blaming the state government for not giving adequate subsidy to mango farmers, the association members said that cultivation of the ‘king of fruits’ has been declining for the last several years. This year too mango production declined by 40%.
According to Mango Growers’ Association, at present the mango cultivation land at Malihabad belt is 20,000 hectares while in the state it spreads over 2.75 lakh hectares. “The mango cultivation area has decreased a lot,” says Insram Ali, president of Mango Growers’ Association. However, he did not elaborate as to how this had happened.
When asked if the land sharks had swallowed the area by constructing resorts and amusement parks, he remained silent.
Meanwhile, former MLC Siraj Mehdi has demanded that state government must take progressive steps and should provide enough electricity and water for irrigation for at least three months to help mango farmers to take care of their crop. “It is because of government apathy that out of 1200 different varieties of mango which was grown here, only 100 are now seen. Rest have disappeared with times,” he further said. He also demanded that a special train be introduced to transport mango to other markets like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata so that it could be exported and farmers may get good return for their money. The association also flayed forest department’s rule to cut down old trees that do not flower, terming the process as ‘cumbersome.’ “Progressive measures must be taken to encourage farmers to increase the productivity,” an association member said.
But the association members ducked all questions related to land sharks and ever increasing amusement parks and resorts that have come up in the mango belt, which could not have mushroomed without political connivance.