Unseasonal Rain Hits Mango Crop in Mundgod
Mundgod taluk boasts of the largest area of cultivation of Alphonso mangoes, but production has come down this year.
Assistant Horticulture Director of Mundgod, Arun H G, told Express that last year the area of production for alphonsos was 1,029 hectares and the production was 15,163 tonnes, adding “This year, Alphonsos were grown on 1,053 hectares, but the yield was just 9,270 tonnes.”
Deputy Director of Horticulture H R Naik said unseasonal rain affected the crop in Mundgod and Haliyal taluks. Under the National Horticulture Mission, the farmers have been encouraged to grow alphonso mangoes.
To make matters worse, the Mundgod farmers also face competition from farmers in Devgad and Ratnagiri, who are targeting the fruit markets in Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Mumbai and Panaji.
Last year, farmers got Rs 40-Rs 50 for a kg of alphonso mangoes and this year it is Rs 120-150. But consumers may have to shell out as much as Rs 200-Rs 250 for a kg, Naik said.