The first batch of Devgad alphonso mangoes arrived two months early in the APMC market at Vashi on Wednesday.
According to trader Anand Shejwal, “Like last year, Arvind Walke, a progressive farmer from Kunkeshwar area, has brought the mangoes for sale.”
He said, “Walke keeps working on various techniques and has ensured that despite the recent unseasonal rains, the fruit was not damaged.”
Walke had sent 24 Devgad alphonsoes, 48 dozen kesar mangoes and 18 pairi mangoes for sale at the APMC market, sources said.
Walke said, “It is by the end of the year that the flower blooms and by January we have the fruit. This is an auspicious surprise for us. This does not mean that there will be regular batches of mangoes in the market from now. The regular batches will only begin from February.”
The first arrivals of alphonso are always in great demand and are picked up by retailers for special clients who are ready to pay premium prices for them.
Following a traditional puja at the market, it was sold in no time. Sources said a box of 12 alphonsoes had been sold for around Rs7,000. In the retail market, the first alphonsoes go for over Rs 5,000 a dozen.
Shejwal said, “The moment the mangoes entered the market, there was a huge rush. In the auction that ensued, a Crawford market retailer, Shyam Bhirumal, purchased it.”