Rains Cause Damage to Mango Crop in Western India

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Mango growers are experiencing a decrease in their produce in India's Gujarat state due to heavy rainfall and strong winds. They say they wont be able to meet the market demand and also the exports.

Mango lovers are experiencing a dire shortage of their favorite fruit in the state of Gujarat. A spell of heavy rainfall with strong winds has caused serious damage to the crop in the region.

[Satish Nayak, President, District Cooperative Society, Valsad]:
"Last year we exported 1,700 tons. In comparison to last year, the output is less this year. Due to the unseasonal rainfall and strong winds, the crop has faced serious damage. Ten-15 percent of the crop has been destroyed."

It's also affecting the amount of the fruit for export.

[Satish Nayak, President, District Cooperative Society, Valsad]:
"Last year we produced mangoes for one-and-a-half months. This year the production will last only 15 days. So even if we try, we won't be able to meet the market demand and we'll also face difficulty in exporting."

And mango growers are fearing heavy financial losses.

[Paresh Adhavaryu, Farmer]:
"We all know that the mango crop is less than 30 percent this year, as compared to the previous years. But the unseasonal rain has caused damaged to even that 30 percent and the farmers are suffering a lot."

Mango growers earn around $1,500 to $1,600 for every ton of mangoes exported to the U.S.

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