Unseasonal rain reduces the quantum of 'King of Fruits'

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Bangalore, June 11 (UNI) Due to unseasonal rain that lashed Karnataka in April the quantum of 'King of Fruits' Mango was badly affected, Horticultural Producer's Cooperative marketing and Processing Society Ltd (HOPCOMS) Manager (Procurement and Marketing) D M Subbanna said today.

Talking to newsmen here, he said that as against 750 tons of Mango arrived HOPCOMS last year, the quantum was expected to be only about 500 tons this year. As such due to increase in demand and shortage the prices have gone up by 30 per cent to 35 per cent.

HOPCOMS Chairman B Munegowda announcing the beginning of 'Mango Mela' from tomorrow said that the primary aim of the 'Mela' was to encourage Mango growers by a way of giving good marketing facilities and also to provide the customers good quality of Mangoes at discount prices.

He said that in the State Mango was cultivated in about 1,16,261 hectaries and annual production being 11,11,206 tons. But this year the quantum may be less due to unseasonal rain, accompanied with wind and hailstones which perish the flowers.

Mr Munegowda said that it was proposed to open 100 more HOPCOMS Stalls in a phased manner. Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has already allotted space for 20 stalls. It was also proposed to open Super Market and introduce Mobile Market. "However, shortage of Funds coming in the way and the State government has been requested to sanction Rs Five Crore sactioned under National Horticulture Mission as grant. "At present we have to contribute 75 per cent of the amount sanctioned to availe the 25 per cent subsidy," he added.

He said that HOPCOMS, which seles vegitable and fruits, has turnover of about Rs 15 lakhs per day, had earned about 100 lakhs profit in 2007-08 (unaudited) and it was targetted at Rs 110 lakhs in 2008-09.

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