Mango season arrives early in Muthalamada this time
Muthalamada (Palakkad): Though last year, the mango season was delayed by a month, this time it arrived a month early. With the sunlight and rain favouring mango trees, the orchards have started blooming. Both mango farmers and merchants are welcoming the season with hope.
Tender mangoes emerge within 45 days of blooming and will be ready for harvest in next 45 days, said farmer S Saju. Mango sheds for export open in Muthalamada by second week of December. As the mango variety that ripens first in the country, Muthalamada mango has high demand in Delhi, Indore, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kolkata.
The mangoes produced in February and March fetched attractive price. However, price dropped after COVID restrictions were imposed. The income reduced to Rs 200 crore this time from the Rs 500 crore in last season, said Palakkad Mango Valley Farmers Producers Company chairman M Thajudheen.
Around 70,000 tonnes of mango is produced in an year in Muthalamada. But this decreased to 35,000 tonnes last year. 18,000 tonnes of mango was sent to other states and 2000 tonnes was exported to foreign countries. Though goods movement was affected due to COVID, 15,000 tonnes of mango was sold within the state.
However, the good sales did not benefit the farmers due to price drop. Mango tree is cultivated in about 3500 hectares of land in Muthalamada. There are over 2500 farmers, 1,000 merchants and 10,000 farm workers in the mango orchards here.