TNN | May 24, 2014, 01.29 AM IST
At the ongoing mango fest in the city, Pakistani varieties such as Raihan, Safy and Juraij have become such a rage that they have beaten the king of mangoes, Alphonso, that too when they command a price of between Rs 240 and Rs 320 per kg.
Meanwhile, the prices of popular Indian mangoes have fallen by almost 30% to 40% compared to the prices last season. The reduced prices over this period in May – the peak season – are due to two major factors: the recent ban on mangoes exported from India to the European Union and chances of calcium carbide being used to artificially ripen the fruit.
At the mango fest at Marine Drive, Alphonso is priced at Rs 150 per kg, much lower than the last year’s price of Rs 210. The cost of Malgova, Gudadth, Priyoor, Kolappady, Salem Bangaloor, Himapasanth, Respoori and Karpooram have fallen by almost 25% and are priced between Rs 80 and Rs 120 per kg.
“We have put up a platform for farmers to come and directly sell their mangoes. They have to only bear the transportation cost. Due to the calcium carbide issue and EU ban, prices of mangoes have fallen drastically,” said Biju Abraham, organiser of the fest. The fest is open till June 1.
Nearly, 78 varieties of mangoes from India and abroad are being sold at the fest. Most of the varieties have come from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, while the local varieties are from Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram and Wayanad. “With Pakistani mangoes getting really popular, we are now planning to bring mango varieties from Singapore and Malaysia,” said Abraham.
Apart from mangoes, twelve varieties of saplings and various mangoes dishes are being sold at the fest. Alphonso mango saplings, priced at Rs100, are the cheapest, while the Thai mango sapling, that can be grown in a flower pot and is not seasonal, is the costliest at Rs 500.