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