Untimely mangoes in Gujarat

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Valsad (Gujarat), Sep 9 (ANI): For mango growers in Valsad in Gujarat, things take an unusual turn, trees in their orchards have flowered and some are laden with fruits much before usual time.

Mango lovers can be happy that they can get farm picked mangoes in winter, but farmers are confused as to rejoice or not, as this could be a dangerous development.

Mango production was low last season, as very little flowering had taken place. Many farmers suffered losses but whatever had not flowered then is in full bloom now.

"This year the mango production was really low. But now there are mangoes growing on some trees. Though it is not so much that we can sell it in the market but it can be used for our own consumption," said Amratbhai Patel, A mango farmer.

Some farmers are even sending their produce to the market.

Experts are however worried about the flowering of the tree at an unusual time. Some are calling it one of the adverse effects of global warming and the change of seasons.

"During the season the production was less, only 20 percent, whatever had not flowered is flowering now. I believe such things will keep happening because of the change of seasons and global warming," said Takhatsingh Gohil, professor, Science College, Valsad.

Valsad, has the highest production of mangos in the state, and is known for its 'Alphonso' and 'Valsadi hafoos' mangoes.

The Alphonso mango has made the district popular amongst mango lovers all over the world. (ANI)

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