08 April 1999
India expects bumper mango harvest

INDIA expects to harvest a bumper 11m tonnes of mangoes this year compared with just 5m tonnes last year, reports the Financial Times.

This years feast will come after a bout of favourable weather but the downside is that prices are expected to fall.

Indias mango production suffers from poor post-harvest practices which can result in the loss of 30% of the crop.

Productivity is also bedevilled by small mango orchards without irrigation facilities, poor genetic stocks and a high incidence of pests and diseases.

India produces about 60% of the worlds mangoes but it has only a 10% share of world exports.

  • Financial Times 08/04/99 page 38