Extended season delays farming activity in Srinivaspur taluk

Extended season delays farming activity in Srinivaspur taluk

Farming activities have gained momentum following showers across the State. However, the farmers in Srinvaspur taluk are “forbidden” from tilling the land.

The mango trees yet bear unripened fruits. Tilling cannot be taken up without plucking them. Furthermore, the fruits are neither fit for harvesting and they won’t fetch good price in the market.

The King of fruits is grown in more than 20,000 hectares of land in the taluk. Trouble began with the dew falling during flowering season, followed by flies. Them came gutsy winds and thunderstorms. The vagaries of weather thus wrecked havoc and dwindled yield by almost fifty per cent.

Mixed crop
Majority of the farmers in the taluk follow mixed cropping pattern. They grow different crops on the same land at different times of the year. Land cannot be tilled with fruits on the mango trees. The peduncles too have been inflicted with disease and as such the unripened fruits too cannot be allowed to remain on trees. A heavy shower would bring down all the fruits.

Thus, faced with uncertainty on recovering their investment, the growers have chosen to harvest the unripened mango fruits itself. They do not ripen fast. Major part of the arrivals to the market constitutes unripened fruits and they are being transported to juice making units in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

“Compared to last year, only 25 pc of the produce is coming to market, majority being unripened fruits. They are being sent to juice making units in Madanapalli, Chittoor and Hyderabad,” Nasirulla, owner of a mandi.

Chowda Reddy, a grower said it had become difficult to guard the produce, that too in smaller quantity. Land had to be tilled as it had rained. Since the peduncles too have been inflicted with disease, it would be better to pluck the fruits so that we can realise at least some amount, he said.

Reddy opined that the price has gone up due to scarce supply and it may come down with increased arrivals in coming days.
Thus growers are harvesting the unripened fruit with the hope of reaping the benefit of early entry into market.
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