The mango harvesting season has begun at the historic Mughal Gardens of Aam Khas Bagh in Sirhind in Fatehgarh Sahib.
Spread across 11 acres of land, the orchard has 3.5 acres of mango plantation apart from peach, pear and guava orchards. However, according to the horticulture department the mango season has not been as good as was expected.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Swarn Singh Mann, Assistant Director Horticulture , Fatehgarh Sahib, informed that this year 20-25 per cent mango trees were affected due to thunderstorms and strong winds, even though the department had given these orchards on contract for Rs 6.77 lakh. “The mango orchards here are historic. Most of our trees are more than 60-70 years old. Last year, mango trees did not bear much fruits, so peach, guava and pear orchards were given on contract for Rs 3 lakh. However, this year we were expecting a good mango season. But 20-25% crop has been lost due to inclement weather,” said Mann.