Mumbai: Mumbai’s signature mango, haapus, internationally known as the Alphonso, is making a hesitant entry into the city’s stalls this summer. Agents and growers attribute the low produce to bad weather, unseasonal rains and the alternate year low crop.
“So far, there appears to be a 30-40% drop in arrival in the market and this trend is likely to continue this season,” a senior Agricultural Produce Marketing Corporation (APMC) official said.
Suppliers are complaining of bad weather. “There have been unseasonal rains in Nashik, Konkan and other mango-growing regions,” B. Kamite, of APMC’s fruit-market section said. “Also, mango is known to fruit in alternate years even though many attempts have been made to ensure annual fruiting.”