Malda: Die-hard mango connoisseurs may not get to bite into the famous ‘Langra´, ‘Gopalbhog´ or ‘Lakhanbhog´ and other luscious varieties of the fruit this year if the long dry spell in this district of West Bengal continues even for another week.
The mango orchards, spread over 25,500 hectares of land at Englishbazar, old Malda, Ratua, Kaliachak and Manikchak, present a dismal picture of almost-ripe fruits either falling off the trees or hanging emaciated.
A government official said there were just 15 days left to market the produce, but lack of rain in the district, where most of the mangoes in the state is grown, was just killing the world’s best-loved fruit.
As the mango crop in this district is binomial in nature, meaning a bumper harvest followed by a poor crop, this year the crop was supposed to be profuse. Also there was the early indication like record flowering.
There are desperate measures at work like spraying of water and irrigating the fields, but as per the fruit’s nature it needs rain water to survive and grow, some long-time cultivators say.
Early varieties like Langra, Gopalbhog, Lakhanbhog, Khirsa Pati and Amrapaly are the worst hit.