Weather makes Bihar sing the Mango Blues

Patna: Bihar, the third largest producer of mangoes in India is looking at a 20 percent drop in production. Lychee(litchi) production has also fallen. The weather is to blame, says the horticulture directorate.

 Mango and litchi production in Bihar is expected to be 20% to 25% less than the output last year. According to reports, agriculture department sources said that the state is heading for a decline in mango and litchi harvest this season.

“The mango yield last year was around 148.369 thousand metric tonnes. As per the second advanced estimate this year, it is around 127.619 thousand metric tonnes. As for litchi, last year the yield was 258.691 thousand MT while this year it is around 197.702 thousand MT,” deputy director, horticulture, Nitesh Kumar Rai was quoted by a local daily.

The total target area for mango cultivation in Bihar is 1,477.439 thousand hectares while litchi is cultivated on 32.204 thousand hectares according to the horticulture directorate.

Initially there was widespread flowering and formation of fruits on mango trees in the districts of Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Purnia, Araria and Patna and the state looking forward a bumper crop this season. But unseasonal thunderstorms and rain caused widespread damage to the flowers and fruits.

Mango prices have risen locally. In Patna, the Bombay and Gulab Khas mangoes, the first available varieties in the market, sell at Rs75-80 a kg while some outlets at I-T roundabout are selling them at Rs 90 to 100 a kg. Sources at Bazaar Samiti said the price of Bombay and Gulab Khas varieties has almost doubled in a year.

Courtesy: the telegraph calcutta

Courtesy: the telegraph calcutta

Local Mango Varieties

They’re singing the ‘mango blues’ in Bihar, a state whose population loves their daily fill of mangoes in summer.

Patna’s expectation of a good yield of ‘Dudhia Malda’ this year has been badly hit due to shortage of mango showers. “About 50% of the yield is damaged due to lack of adequate rain,” said a farmer from at Danapur.

‘Jardaloo’ and ‘Chausa’ magoes, from around Bhagalpur, appear every two years. That, perhaps, explains why the bigger variety is sold at Rs80-100/kg and the medium ones at Rs50-Rs70 a dozen. The district is home to at least 5 more varieties, including Mallika, Gulab Khas, Prabha Shankar, Kishanbhog and Himsagar. Among all the varieties, Malda, which is mostly grown in Patna and Vaishali, contributes to about 30% of the total mango production

 

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