Delay in flowering may hit mango yield this season

By TheHindu on 07 Mar 2018

Delay in flowering of mango trees in Krishna district may adversely impact production and price as well in the coming season. The yield may come down by 10 to 20% compared with the previous years.

Flowering generally begins in September-October. Harvesting of crop is taken up from March onwards.

But this season, due to low night temperatures and unfavourable climatic conditions, flowering has been delayed, and this has impacted fruit-bearing to some extent. When contacted, Deputy Director (horticulture) P.V.S. Ravi Kumar said, “Extended winter has impacted the flowering.

But the farmers need not worry as this is on-season. The crop usually has off-season and on-season. Last year, it was off-season. So the yield must be good. Even if the yield comes down by 10 to 20%, the farmers would have better returns compared to last year.” The yield will be bumper if there are no rains/cyclones during the next couple of months. Strong winds and rain may affect the flowers and result in lesser yield.

“Farmers have been suggested to spray potassium nitrate in their orchards for better results,” Mr. Ravi Kumar explained.

Mango used to be cultivated in 96,000 hectare across 29 mandals of the district a couple of years ago.

With diseases impacting crop productivity, a good number of farmers in the areas such as Nuzid, Tiruvur, and Mylavaram have taken to cultivation of other lucrative crops.

Now it is estimated that mango orchards are spread in about 60,000 hectares. The average yield is 6 tonnes per acre, compared to the State average of 8 tonnes. Usually, arrivals gain momentum from the second week of April.