Rajkot, May 14: It seems global warming has taken toll on the production of mangoes in India. Just five years ago, Talala market yard, one of the largest wholesale mango markets in India, were full of mango boxes.
Kesar mango, one of the most popular varient of the fruit in produced in Gujarat is the severely hit. Kesar mangoes are exported to Gulf, Pakistan, South Asian countries and United States where it was allowed only in 2008.
Chhagan Bhai Patel, Vice President of the Talala Market Yard, said that this year so a drastic drop of 30 per cent and there are not enough mangoes for export. "We don't have mangoes for export due to the poor mango crop this year. You go to any state of India, the production of mangoes is low," said Patel.
Gordhan Bhai, a mango trader, attributed this short fall to the climatic conditions. "Once upon a time Talala Gir kesar mangoes were being exported across the world. The production has decreased. So, we are getting good price. This is due to the climatic conditions here," said Bhai.
Kesar trees require cool temperature at night with warm sunlight during daytime for mango fruits to grow.