Farmers and APMC traders worry about damage to fruits

Unseasonal rains damage flowering in Maharashtra

Rains on November 30 and December 1 have mainly damaged fruits, vegetables and onions in parts of Maharashtra and Goa. Maharashtra has been facing rains since the past two days and the sky has been overcast since a week now. Unfortunately, all major fruits are in the final stage or in the stage of flowering. So, a winter breeze is necessary for quality fruit, be it grapes, oranges or mangoes.

According to newsclick.in, the unseasonal rains have mainly affected the quality of fruits. For example, mango skin gets black dots, and the international customers don't buy such fruits. Therefore, if the market collapses, it will have a direct effect on the domestic markets.

Quality loss and price increases are a possibility
The rains in Maharashtra have given a cause for concern to the farmers and traders of APMC about the damage to crops of seasonal fruits. This can also lead to degradation in quality or increase in prices. Even the much-loved Alphonso mangoes, which are in the pre-flowering stage, might be delayed this year. Hindustantimes.com reports that fruits like grapes and strawberries would also bear the brunt of the unseasonal rains with the flowering crops and the crops in the pre-flowering stage completely destroyed.

Unseasonal rain damages mango flowering in Goa
Mango farmers in Goa are distressed after their efforts to grow the cash crop were hit by unseasonal rain in December. With the flowering of the fruit affected and chances of getting fungus due to unseasonal weather condition, farmers are far from optimistic of getting a productive yield this season.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com


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