Nearly two months ahead of its schedule, the king of mangoes, ‘Alphonso’ has arrived at the Market Yard on Sunday. It is said to be the first time that a variety of mangoes has flourished the markets of Pune in November.
Market Yard fruit trader, Sourabh Kunjir bought a delivery of six boxes of Alphonso mangoes at Rs 1,100 per dozen from mango farmer Sattar Bhai Hajwani from Bankot, Ratnagiri. All the mangoes were sold the same day.
Head of APMC fruit market division, Dattatreya Kalamkar said, “Generally, these mangoes start arriving around December or January. This is the first time we have witnessed Alphonso mangoes arrive this early in the season.”
According to fruit trader Kunjir the mangoes have arrived two months early. He said, “Throughout the season, the farmer will send us mangoes. All six boxes were sold on Sunday.”
He futher said, “The mangoes start arriving around January 15 every year. Mangoes arriving in November is a new record. These mangoes are from Bankot, which is near the sea. They fetched a price of only Rs 2,100 (for two dozen mangoes), which is not very high. Generally, the first batch sells for around Rs 11,000 for four dozen; the first batch is always more expensive. The batch that arrived on Sunday was not flawless, so it sold for a lesser price.”
The regional fruit station of Vengurla had done a study on the early flowering and fruiting of Alphonso in the early period of the year. Associate director of the research, Balwant Sawant said, “We observed that flowering and fruiting was higher in seashore regions. Areas along or facing the seashore got more exposure to winds blowing in, ultimately resulting in higher flowering and fruiting in these mango orchards. It is a purely natural phenomenon and there are no special fertilizers used to induce this.”
He further informed that the dry spells, were another reason behind the early arrival of the Alphonso. He said, “This also contributed to flowering and growth of Alphonsos. This year, it was more pronounced.”
Information Source: TOI
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