A low yield and late harvest means there are fewer mangoes accessible on the market, and for increased costs. Yet, agro-entrepreneurs are discovering artistic methods to join, from fruit laden picnic tables to farm stays

A low yield and late harvest means there are fewer mangoes accessible on the market, and for increased costs. Yet, agro-entrepreneurs are discovering artistic methods to join, from fruit laden picnic tables to farm stays

Nirupama Reddy’s cellphone has been ringing non cease because the first week of April. Friends and clients are continuously enquiring concerning the arrival of Banganapalli mangoes from her family-owned farm at Othivakkam, close to Chengalpet. “The mango season has had a delayed begin this yr, and yield has been a lot lesser due to incessant rains through the flowering season. On our farm, mangoes shall be prepared for harvesting solely by the primary week of June [two months later than usual]. Which is why our clients have been anxiously calling us,” she says.

Mangoes are being stocked at a godown in Salem in Tamil Nadu

Mangoes are being stocked at a godown in Salem in Tamil Nadu
| Photo Credit: LAKSHMI NARAYANAN E

At her Hanu Reddy Raghava Farms, the yield has been drastically hit. Normally, they harvest 60 tonnes of fruit through the season, however this yr they’re uncertain of getting even 10 tonnes. The scenario is the identical in farms throughout the state, unable to satiate the standard demand for mangoes within the months of May and June.

Nevertheless Hanu Reddy Farms shall be re-launching its Great Mango Festival to reconnect with clients, inviting households to their farm to spend a day harvesting mangoes, taking part in conventional video games, taking bullock cart rides and sampling conventional meals served on a 150 foot-long wood desk. (The occasion is slated for June 11 and 12, 18 and 19, between 6 am and 12 midday.)

Srinivasan Jayapal, of Salem Mangoes, noticed lower than 50 p.c yield this yr, and provides that farmers who tried to salvage injury by sprinkling pesticides couldn’t save it due to the rains. “We procure mangoes from farmers in Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Erode. As the provision is lesser, the price has doubled this yr and so individuals are shopping for much less.” He provides that high quality has been affected as nicely, “The sweetness in mango is a lot much less. In our area it is Nadusalai, pether, imam pasand, Salem Gundu, Salem Bengalura, Kudaadath and malgova which might be hottest.”

“We loved an abundance of provide final yr with a rare style and sweetness, however this yr, it is simply the alternative,” says Divya Pamuru of Chennai-based Namma Suvai, which helps natural and sustainable farming. “Rain affected the flowering. Then, the latest rains broken the fruits simply earlier than harvest, which makes them rot shortly,” she says, including, “Whatever fruits we acquired this yr, the style is compromised. Premium varieties akin to Imam pasand and malgova are of even lesser yield.”

All about timing

Manjula Gandhi Rooban, founder and CEO, Mangopoint, says that moreover weather conditions, one other issue that affected mangoes this yr was a hurried mango harvest by some farmers. “Mango harvesting is to be carried out with utmost care. We supply our mangoes from in and round Thiruvallur district, the place we ask farmers to harvest with the three-centimeter stem intact, or else we refuse to purchase. The milk that oozes out of the stem can have an effect on shelf life,” she explains.

Thiruvallur district is additionally residence to the 150-acred Reddy’s Organic Farm, in Anaipakkam village. The farm’s proprietor Sanga Reddy says he too prefers to wait until the mangoes start to ripen within the bushes, earlier than harvesting. Soon after the harvest, he sends dispatches to natural retailers in Chennai. He additionally makes and sells mango pulp, as well as to mozzarella cheese constituted of native cow’s milk, goat milk cheese, and the area’s signature vaikuntam samba rice.

This summer season, Sanga is now banking on the truth that at his farm, guests can spend a day and benefit from the farm life. “We present breakfast and lunch and households can spend time observing farm actions and take a dip within the pool. Mango and cheese tasting are additionally included within the bundle,” says Sanga Reddy.

Prasanna Venkatarathinam, co-founder of Mangopoint, says that hardly 5 p.c of mangoes might be graded export high quality this yr. “This district has over 9,000 hectares of mango groves and yields greater than 50,000 metric tonnes of mangoes yearly. This the second largest mango rising belt in India subsequent to Uttar Pradesh. First grade mangoes are earmarked for export and our home on-line clients,” he provides.

Mango ready for harvest

Mango prepared for harvest
| Photo Credit: particular association

At their packhouse and storage facility in Thiruvallur, 10 girls from the close by villages are employed for laundry, grading, sorting and packing of mangoes, which might be usually despatched to the US, Singapore and components of Europe. With this operation hit arduous this yr, the staff is shifting focus.

The second and third-grade yield — which is the majority of this yr’s produce — is being put to different makes use of. “We even have a photo voltaic drying facility at our packhouse, the place we dehydrate mangoes and vacuum pack them. We additionally supply mango pulp, mango muesli, mango power bars and mango sauce and jams,” says Prasanna.

“As we had a late begin, we’re hopeful that the mango season will final a bit of longer, say till the top of July, however the varieties accessible would even be much less. The arrival of Rumani signifies the top of mango season,” says Manjula. Until then, there is nonetheless some enjoyable to be had.

Mango path

Mangopoint: www.mangopoint.com

Reddy’s Organic Farms: 9381028812

Hanu Reddy Mango Farm: 9841015633

Namma Suvai: www.nammasuvai.com

Salem Mangoes: 9362101696 (www.salemmangoes.com)

www.AR4Fresh.com 9912340404

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