Even as newer markets for Indian mango are being explored, lower crop size has restricted exports of the summer fruit this year. Going by the claims of the exporters, due to sharp fall in the mango production across various States, exports will come down by half of what was seen last year.
“Mango production across the Country hasn’t been very encouraging this year. As a result, mango exports this year will be less by over 50 per cent of last year’s estimated exports of over
46,000 tonnes. Exports from Uttar Pradesh will be negligible as multiple factors caused a dent in the production. Whatever export is happening, it is from Maharashtra and South India,” said S Insram Ali, President, Mango Growers Association of India.
In Gujarat’s Kutch region, the adverse climate condition has taken a toll on the mango crop.
Normally, flowering starts from January 15 and lasts till February 15. But this year the change in climate has disturbed the flowering cycle and impacted the crop.
A Mumbai-based exporter, however, believed that exports continue to take place from across the Country, but the mango availability has dropped by more than 30 per cent.
During April-December 2017-18, India shipped out 46,562 tonnes of mangoes valued at Rs. 346.34 crore. Shipments to West Asian countries — the largest market for Indian mangoes — stood at 30,985 tonnes valued at Rs. 233 crore during the year. In 2016-17, exports had touched a high of 52,761 tonnes valued at Rs. 443.66 crore.