Cyclone Tauktae might seriously affect the Gujarat mango yield this year. Mango growers in the Saurashtra region are worried. Gujarat growers are yet to harvest 75% of their mangoes for this year. The fruits and the trees can survive normal rain, but farmers are scared that heavy rains and strong winds will damage the fruit.
“We have issued an advisory to the farmers to pluck as many mangoes as they can and sell them. If the cyclone results in strong winds, both ripe as well as unripe mangoes will get hit,” said Dr C.K. Timbadiya, senior scientist and head of Kendra of Naysari Agricultural University.
At this point in time, the markets are filled with varieties of mangoes at a price benefitting both sellers and buyers. However, this year due to the cyclone, the farmers are expecting to have very few good-quality mangoes to be available in the market, so the prices will be increased to cover the losses.