Indian mango ambitions thwarted
INDIAS national mango crop has suffered a dreadful season due to poor weather, blight and viruses.
It had hoped to increase mango exports by 25% to 33,750 tonnes this season. But the latest estimate is that the crop would be less than 7 million tonnes compared with nearly 11m tonnes in 1996-97, according to Indias Agricultural Directorate.
However, Om Ladia, a trade official, was more upbeat. He said mangoes were a cyclical crop with two bumper crops followed by a short one.
- Financial Times 27/05/98 page 36