Abundant supply of mangoes and their lower prices made Akshay Tritiya celebrations more special this year.
Traders at the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) said that an increased arrival of mangoes Ratnagiri and Karnataki varieties throughout the week made the fruit easily and widely available in the city markets.
Shivalal Bhosale,president of the APMC traders union,said that the APMC fruit markets are receiving a supply of 7,000 to 8,000 boxes of Ratnagiri Alphonsos and 10,000 to 11,000 boxes of Karnataki Alphonso every day.
Bhosale said wholesale price of raw Ratnagiri mango box is Rs 600-900 while Karnataki Alphonso is cheaper by Rs 100-150. There was an increase in demand for mangoes on Sunday and Monday because of Akshay Tritiya. Last year,due to bad crop,the prices of mangoes had gone up to Rs 600 to 1,000 a dozen. This year,the price of Ratnagiri Alphonso is between Rs 300 and Rs 500 a dozen and Karnatari Alphonso Rs 200 and Rs 250, said Sadanand Pathare,a mango trader from Navi Sangvi.
Traders said the quality of fruit this year was also better due to congenial climatic conditions.
The pre-monsoon showers during this time of the year many a times ruin quality of fruit. Fortunately,there were no pre-monsoon showers in the mango growing belts this year, said Yogesh Desai,a trader.
Shraddha Sutar,a housewife from Baner,said,I always buy mangoes on Akshay Tritiya for my family. For the last two-three years,the prices were really very high and we had to cut down on the quantity. This year,since the prices are considerably low,I bought an entire box for Rs 1,000 instead of buying 2-3 dozens.
Meanwhile,the other desi varieties of mangoes such as Totapuri,Pairi and Goti are also in abundant supply and are being liked by mango connoisseurs.