Mango lovers have to wait longer; season to delay this time
All the mango maniacs in Kerala will have to wait longer for having ripe juicy delicious mangoes this time. Due to the unpredictable changes in climate and increase in temperature, the mango trees bloom later than usual.
Normally, the mango trees in Kerala bloom first in comparison to other states in India. The trees bloom in November and December and harvest begins in March-April. Mango harvest in other states is during April-May.
Mangoes in Kerala
Muthalamada in Palakkad is known as the Mango City of Kerala. The mango trees here bloom before those in other places in India. It is also the only place in Kerala where mango trees are cultivated on an industrial basis.
Mango trees grow in 3070 hectares of land in Muthalamada. Alphonso, Benganappalli, Sindooram, Thothapuri, Kalapadi, Neelam, Mallika, Nattasala, Banglora, Priyoor, Moovandan and Himaprasanth varieties are mainly grown here.
Kuttiyattoor mango (Nambiar mango) which is highly popular in Malabar region and is about to get a GI tag and Olor mango in Kozhikode bloomed very rarely. Local varieties like Gomanga, Lathimanga and Pazhamanga also did not bloom this season.
The climate change has deeply affected the crops. The increase in temperature, drought and untimely rain will decrease pollination and multiply pest menace. This will also influence food production in future, said Prakash Puthammadathil, assistant director of agriculture at the Directorate of Agriculture Development and Farmers' Welfare.