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Alphonso mango yield may touch 2 mt this season

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 06, 2011 Published on January 06, 2011

KING OF FRUITS: Alphonso mango is mainly grown in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. -- Paul Noronha   -  Business Line

Alphonso mango production is likely to be up by 25 per cent this season and touch the two-million tonne mark compared with last year due to good flowering, a top government official today said.

“It is too early to predict the actual production at this point. However, the flowering is good this year and if the weather remains conducive, production will definitely be better than last year,” the National Horticulture Board Managing Director, Mr Bijay Kumar, told PTI here.

“Alphonso production is likely to be 25 per cent more than last year at about two million tonnes. The production stood at 1.77 million tonne cultivated in 3.40 lakh hectares in 2010-11 season,” he said.

This variety of mango is the first in the season and arrives in the markets after mid-February and is available till June end. Alphonso mango is mainly grown in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Even as the per hectare yield is 4-5 tonne as compared with 8-9 tonne in other varieties of mango, the popularity of Alphonso fetches good price.

Alphonso mango is also popular abroad and about 40 per cent of the produce is exported to West Asian countries, Europe and the US. Other varieties which are exported are banganapalli, kesar, payari, rajapuri and gulabi.

“This variety is the most popular because of its shape size, colour and taste,” Mr Kumar said.

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Published on January 06, 2011
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