Low output to reduce India’s mango exports
India’s mango growing regions – Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat & South India – have succumbed to the adversities caused by vagaries in weather. Furthermore, low production & increased logistical costs, coupled with stiff competition from Pakistan & Thailand, are likely to diminish India’s mango exports. UAE & West Asia are the common markets for mango exporters in the region.
D K Sharma, Vice President of Mango Growers Association of India, stated, “We fear a crop loss of about 70%. The continuous cold weather followed by unseasonal rains during the flowering time played havoc, due to which the pollination process got disrupted and mango fertilisation couldn’t happen. There were reports of shedding of the fruits in many places (in Gujarat & Maharashtra)… We believe that overall mango production in the country will fall.”