North India is renowned for its mango production, and some popular varieties that are grown in the region include Alphonso, Langra, Dasheri, Chausa, and more. During the mango season, you can find mangoes in abundance in local markets and fruit vendors. It’s a delightful time for mango lovers, as you can enjoy these delectable fruits in their prime freshness and flavour. However now, the mangoes available in the market are a disappointment. But why?
The Mango Season Wasn’t Delightful
Whether you prefer eating them as is or using them in various culinary preparations, the mango season in North India is a treat for everyone who appreciates this tropical fruit. These mangoes are known for their sweet and juicy taste, making them highly sought after.
The quality of locally cultivated mango types has been impacted by unseasonal rains, hailstorms, and an increase in semi-looper caterpillar assaults, according to The Hindu. Alphonso, Kesar, Dasheri, Chausa, Langda, and Lucknowi, as well as hybrids like Amrapali and Mallika, are devoid of their original flavours.
Due to the extreme weather circumstances this mango season, the majority of mango varieties lost their natural colour and flavour. This year, late rain and insect infestations caused a significant loss in earnings for many mango producers in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.
How Is Climate Change Affecting Mangoes?
In several regions of the nation, the production of mangoes has been damaged by climate change in addition to the decline in mango quality. In addition to unseasonal rainfall, prolonged periods of low temperatures and a sharp rise in the maximum temperature in February and March have an impact on mango output and quality.
A decrease in mango yield was also seen in the Konkan area as a result of pest attacks and climate change. The production of Alphonso mangoes in Maharashtra has been negatively damaged by unseasonal rainfall and an unexpected spike in temperatures.
Due to the fact that mango cultivation takes place in three separate seasons, it is vulnerable to climate change. The majority of scientists think that the bagging method is an important means of preserving mango quality. After the fruits are placed within the bags, this procedure doesn’t call for the spraying of any pesticides.
So, how did your mango season go?
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