Uttar Pradesh: Sunday’s storm may have damaged 25% of Maliahabad’s mangoes in a single day | Lucknow News

LUCKNOW: Sunday’s thunderstorm could have caused the loss of at least 25% of the fruit in Malihabad. mango belt. the erratic weatherA long, harsh winter and intermittent rains had already reduced the harvest.
“There was already 30% less fruit this time. Sunday’s thunderstorm dealt an even more severe blow. There was so much fruit that it fell to the ground in my orchard. Even the trees were damaged,” said mango businessman SC Shukla.

The weather has wreaked havoc on the state’s mango yield. Malihabad’s Dussehri is damaged because many fruits have become ‘daagi’ (stained or rotten) due to the recent hail storm. Sunday’s thunderstorm was the harshest in the recent past and may have damaged at least 25% of the crop, growers say.
“It was a big loss today. There is a prediction that this weather will continue and we are prepared for the worst. The mango we lost today can only be consumed in households to make dried mango ‘khatai’ or chutney,” said Insram ali, president of All Mango Growers Association of India.
Varieties that mature late or after Dussehri, such as Chausa, Langda, Safeda and Lakhnauva, which are in high export demand, are also affected. Climate impact may vary across all the mango belts in the state, but not one of them is affected.
At least 4 lakh hectares are under mango cultivation in northern and central UP. Uttar Pradesh it is also the second largest mango producing state after Andhra Pradesh.
The mango is a crop that is very sensitive to the weather during its flowering stage. Weather conditions dictate panicle (bunch of flowers) emergence, which is the first stage of cultivation.
The extended winter this time has caused the panicles (baur) to emerge very late, until mid-February, whereas they should usually emerge in January.
This also reduced the number of ‘baurs’.
Considering that normally the fruit sets in March-April, but this was not the case this year, the state’s mango cycle was already behind schedule.
And with the abnormal weather from the beginning of the mango season until now, when the fruit has reached a size and shape and is in the ripening stage, it may not be fully developed and of good quality. Repeated rains would further affect the crop by increasing the chances of a disease outbreak.
Mango growers in Maal and Malihabad fear that the fruit will also lose flavor due to the rains.

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