Uttar Pradesh mango growers facing losses due to bad weather, COVID-19 lockdown and locusts

Last Modified: Fri May 29 2020 02:01:08 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 28 lakh tonnes
    Estimated production in the state this season as opposed to average annual production of 45 lakh tonnes. The nearly 40% drop in produce this year is due to untimely rains during the flowering season (in Nov - Dec), followed by hailstorms in Mar - Apr, which is typically the period when fruits mature and ripen. The situation has further aggravated due to COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdown. The latest threat is from attack by swarms of locust sweeping from the North-West.
  • 10 - 15 lakh tonnes
    Quantity of mangoes that are estimated to remain unsold in Uttar Pradesh this season (Apr 2020). The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in unavailability of pesticides, storage boxes, labour and inability to transport the produce to markets.
  • Rs. 1,000 crore
    Estimated losses that mango growers across the state will incur due to COVID-19 lokdown. One major reason is the lack of labour to pick, pack and sell their produce. Second is the unavailability of pesticides which has resulted is several orchard being infested by caterpillar disease. The third and perhaps the most damaging of all has been the lack of big traders that lease the orchards and are responsible for selling the produce domestically and overseas.
  • 12 May 2020
    High speed winds and heavy rains that lashed across Lucknow and several other parts of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday night have also destroyed at least 25% of the fruit crop in the Malihabad mango belt. According to Insram Ali, president, All India Mango Growers Association, “The erratic weather conditions that began with a harsh winter and non-seasonal rains have already reduced the yield by about 30 per cent. Sunday’s storm has dealt a severe blow to the crop and even the trees have been damaged this time.”
  • May 2020
    Towards the end of this month, threat of desert locusts starts to loom over much of Uttar Pradesh. Causing even more worry for farmers in tehsils of Malihabad, Mall and Kakori. The agriculture department has stationed around 16 tractor -mounted pesticide sprayers at border areas and 12 technicians and more than 5,000 locals in the area, armed with drums, plates and other noise making utensils to scare away the locusts.
  • 01 Jun 2020
    Planned opening of the seasonal mango mandi in Malihabad with govt permission. Typically, 500 trucks of produce are sold in the mandi each day, but uncertainty prevails in the face of the lockdown situation. Big traders from Lucknow, Delhi and Mumbai are not expected to turn up.