Cyclonic fall: Gujarat’s iconic Kesar mango cheaper than potato

“Kudrat Ruthi Gai” (the nature is indignant), is the lament of growers of the well

Kudrat Ruthi Gai” (the nature is indignant), is the lament of growers of the well known Kesar mango variety of Gir Somnath and Junagadh districts of Gujarat, right after Cyclone Tauktae devastated the location past week.

In the past couple times, the Talala current market garden — the principal level for the Kesar mango auctions — in Gir Somnath district received approximately one.five lakh boxes (every of 10 kg) of the mango variety with charges quoted as reduced as ₹40 per box.

That is just ₹4 per kg. The selling price fell even under the wholesale potato selling price of ₹60 per 10 kg (₹6 per kg).

Fruit fall

“This is the identical variety of mango that was selling in the array of ₹225-800 per box just a week in the past,” rues HH Jarsaniya, Secretary, Talala APMC. He suggests only five-8 per cent of the general Kesar mango crop seems to be intact.

Cyclone Tauktae produced the landfall on May perhaps seventeen along the coast of Bhavnagar, Amreli, Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts with wind speeds of 160-one hundred sixty five kmph gusting up to 190 kmph. This led to the mangoes slipping from the trees.

Nonetheless, the fallen fruits — regarded broken because of to mud caking and humidity — was mostly purchased by bad communities from close by districts. Only about 23,000 boxes are left. “No foods processor or retail trader has occur to acquire these broken fruits. That is why the charges fell so sharply,” said Jarsaniya.

Kesar mango is the next-most exported mango variety right after Alphonso.

Nonetheless, exports are down because of to the pandemic and logistics constraints across nations around the world. Developed primarily in the foothills of Girnar mountain in Saurashtra, the iconic Gir Kesar mango, regarded for its bright orange colour and distinct aroma, was provided a Geographical Sign (GI) in 2011.

Soured period

This yr the period started out on May perhaps four with thin arrivals of about five,600 boxes a working day as towards 8,000-9,000 boxes past yr.

The period lasts forty-forty five times until mid-June. But this yr the period has ended abruptly because of to the cyclone.

According to the Talala APMC knowledge, past yr approximately seven lakh boxes have been traded producing a organization of ₹26 crore, whilst this yr only three.21 lakh boxes arrived and organization had dropped to ₹7 crore — approximately a fourth of past year’s.