With Banganapalli being sold for Rs 270 a dozen and Suvernarekha being sold Rs 300 a dozen, mango lovers are overjoyed at the sudden drop in prices of their favorite fruit. Traders, however, have refused to feel positive.
They pointed out that this relief is going to be short-lived, as these are only the first mangoes of the season and are doubtful of its further supply.
Traders at Tuni market predicted that prices of mangoes will soon hit the roof as the supply of the fruit to Visakhapatnam market are expected to drop drastically. Sources in the market disclosed that the volumes this year may not even reach the 1,00,000 tonnes mark, a far cry from the 2,40,000 tonnes of 2016.
Besides, a mango orchard contractor from Makavaripalem Mandal, Ch Raju, observed, “ There is little mango left in the orchards of the four districts of north-coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Last year, when the supply of mangoes had been average, the number of vendors had dropped from 35 to a handful on the Anakapalli and Tuni stretch. This year, there are just two so far on the Tallapalem-Narsipatnam stretch. This is an ominous sign of things to come.”