05 April 2013
Prolonged dry spell clubbed with less moisture in the soil is likely to affect mango production this year.
The Horticulture Department estimates a loss of 30-40 per cent in yield. This year, despite being an on-year for mangoes in the state, the department expects around four lakh to five lakh tonnes as against eight lakh tonnes during the last on-year.
S V Hittalmani, additional director (fruits and flowers), Department of Horticulture said: “The flowering was good in the initial days. However, due to excess heat many have dried and the mango size have reduced drastically and started to fall,”
“The recent rains over past week, which was not heavy will help the horticulture crops and coffee plantations.
“We expected the production to be around eight lakh tonnes initially, but now the weather has taken a toll on the king of fruits,” he said.
The department has also organised farmers’ meet near Srinivaspura on Wednesday to educate them about the precautionary measure to be taken before harvest and to help them control plant disease.
Belgaum, Ramnagar, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Dharwad, Ramanagar, Haveri, Tumkur and Mysore are major mango growing districts in the state.
Srinivaspura in Kolar and Chintamanu Chikkaballapur together produce around 40 per cent of the total mango production in the state.
Key areas of Bangalore Rural, Ramnagar, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumkur and Belgaum have received a deficit rainfall (compared to normal) 67 per cent in January and 46 percent in March.
There was excess rainfall in the month of February, but it was untimely for the mango crops, according to experts.
Meanwhile, in the last four days, these districts have received a rainfall of 65.6 mm as against 11.9 mm normal rainfall.
Commenting on the situation, Srinivas Gowda, president of Srinivaspura Mango Growers’ Association, said: “The mango production will certainly affect this year. Varieties like Badami, Mallika, and Sindoor will take a major hit.” Source The New Indian Express
Published: Zarai Media Team