The king of fruits is expected to see a much better season this year,compared to the past two or three years,feel mango connoisseurs.
According to traders at the Pune Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC),the inflow of the fruit in the city markets is much better,both in quantity and quality. They predict that from the first week of April,the daily arrival of the fruit in the city markets would further increase.
Currently Alphonso is being sold at Rs 500 to 800 per dozen in retail,depending on the size and quality of the fruit. The wholesale price in the Pune market may vary from Rs 1,500 to Rs 4,000 per box,depending on whether the cartons contain four or eight dozens each.
According to Shivlal Bhosale of the Chhattrapati Shivaji Market Yard Commission Agents Association,about 1,000 to 1,200 boxes of Alphonso arrive at the market yard everyday. The arrival of the Karnataka variety is about 1,200 to 1,400 boxes a day. The price of a box of Alphonso is Rs 1,500 to 4,000. A box may contain four to eight dozens each.
The current arrival in the market is from the coastal centres such as Mirya Bunder,near Ratnagiri,and some parts of Karnataka. The quality of the produce is also good,with 70 to 80 per cent fruits coming into the market being of Grade I and II quality. If we compare the current arrival with that of the last year,its almost double, said Bhosale.
Speaking to Newsline over phone,Yogesh Desai,a mango-producer based in Ratnagiri,said,The weather has been conducive for mango production this year. Compared to last year,the production would be much better. Fruits coming in now are from the first harvest and are of good quality. The quality will improve as the arrival will increase after the first week of April. The flow of mangoes will last till May 25.
Last year,due to erratic climatic conditions like heavy and untimely rainfall and sudden fluctuation in temperature,the Alphonso crop in Konkan had suffered over 30 per cent decrease in production. As a result,the city markets had witnessed a sharp hike in price of Alphonso with a dozen mangoes being sold at Rs 800-1200 in retail.