Mango, the king of fruits, is still elusive even as temperatures are steadily rising in the city. Dealers at the Nunna wholesale mango market are keeping their fingers crossed over the poor arrivals.
A huge quantity of the fruit, close to 15,000 tonnes, used to arrive at the market every day last year, but this year, it is just about 200 tonnes. There are about 80 shops at Nunna, which is one of the biggest mango markets in Asia, but only three wholesalers have opened their shops since the season began in mid-February. Mango Growers Association steering committee member Kothapalli Ramakrishna says that the amount of business he has done so far this year was nothing compared to what he would usually have done. “Last year, my business had touched ₹2 crore by now, but this year, it may not be possible,” he says.
Though mangoes are seen at a few locations in the city, the general mood is sombre. “We are a bit disappointed as both quality and quantity are poor compared with last year,” says K. Ramesh, a trader.
The shortage of the fruit is being blamed on the weather.
There has been no rain for the last eight months and as a result the yield has dropped by 25 %.