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High freight charges, poor yield to hit mango exports

Date: 25-04-2019
Subject: High freight charges, poor yield to hit mango exports
Surat: Overseas Gujaratis will have to cough up more for Valsadi hafoos (alphonso) and Junagadh’s kesar mangoes this year.

Reduced production, mainly due to unfavourable weather conditions, coupled with increased freight charges have made export of this luscious fruit costlier.

The price of the mango earlier ranged between Rs1,400 and Rs2,700 per 20kg and its freight charges were Rs60 per kg. Its price now was hovering around Rs 3,500 per 20kg, with freight charges at Rs90 per kg. 

Gujarat had exported around 2,200 metric tonnes of both these varieties of mangoes last year. This year, mango exports to the United Kingdom, the USA, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, South Korea and Canada, are likely to fall.

The freight rates have skyrocketed after the closure of Jet Airways’ flights.

Chandrakant Patel, a mango exporter from Dharampur in Valsad, said, “Of the 140-odd exporters across India, five are from Gujarat who export about 2,200 metric tonnes of mangoes every year through air cargo from Mumbai. We exported 360 tonnes of mangoes to the USA and 900 tonnes to the UK last season. and 200 tonnes to South Korea. The procurement rate for mangoes this year was Rs170 per kg because of 30% less yield this season.” 

Sanjay Nayak, who has 2,400 mango trees in his orchard at Gandeva of Navsari district, said, “Flowering in mango crop in December made us feel that we will have a bumper yield. However, low temperature for about a month affected pollination of flowers and the fruits withered away in March. Hence, we will have around 70% mango yield this season.” 

Bhavesh Jotangia, a mango exporter from Rajkot, said, “Last year, the price of export-quality kesar was Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per 20 kg. This has increased to around Rs 2,700 per 20 kg due to reduced yield.” 

According to Jotangia, the international prices of mangoes are high also due to significantly less yield in Pakistan, which is the major competitor for India.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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