Naturally grown, ripened mangoes have no takers

Naturally grown, ripened mangoes have no takers


Vendors selling the king of fruits on one of the roads in Chamarajanagar.  dh photo

The fruit stalls, makeshift shops and push carts are brimming with a variety of mangoes in different sizes and colours, making the buyer involuntarily walk towards the shops not able to resist the temptation to buy them.

Not only the rural areas, even several areas of the city are seen dotted with these carts, where the fruits are arranged attractively and priced according to its size.

The fruits which were ripened through natural methods are passe and now the vendors who want to make quick money use chemicals for ripening. Even the tender ones are not spared and ripened forcefully, which is sour in taste.

Though there are some farmers who sell mangoes grown and ripened naturally, there are no takers for them. The buyers are attracted to the colourful, delicious looking mangoes that are artificially ripened.

The fruits available in the district are said to be sour in taste and hence mangoes sold here are brought from Salem, Krishnagiri and other parts of Tamil Nadu.

The fruits that are being transported to Bangalore are also diverted here with the help of middlemen and agents to cater to the fruit lovers here.

The push carts are seen near Chamarajeshwara temple, Santhemarahalli, Gundlupet Circle and on roads that connect Sathy.

The varieties that are available here are Raspuri, Kasimaavu, Sindhoora and others. While Raspuri is available at Rs 35 per kg, others are sold at Rs 20 and 25.

It is a common scene to watch people bargain, who leave the spot happily being satisfied in paying a rupee or two less per kg.

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