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Cambodia's mango miracle: Growers getting an incredible two crops a year


Mango growers in Cambodia are getting two crops a year from their trees, which has researchers from Australia very interested.
The mango industry in Australia spends a lot of time and money on a crop that produces fruit for just a few of weeks of the year.
Cameron McConchie, from the NT Department of Primary Industry, says there's plenty of incentives to learn how Cambodia double-crops its mangoes.
"There's always a possibility we might be able to figure out how to do this to our trees as well," he said.
"The opportunity to have a double crop, spreading your yield and doubling the use of your infrastructure, it would be really worthwhile.
"You've got all that investment in packing houses [in Australia], which only get used for six or eight weeks a year, so if you can double that, it would be ideal."
Cambodia's two mango seasons are March/April and then again in October/November.
Mr McConchie says the double cropping of Cambodian mango trees seems to be affecting the health of some plants, but an improved fertiliser program could help sustain them.
The big question is - how does Cambodia get two crops a year? Click on the audio link for Cameron McConchie's assessment.
Mr McConchie is in Cambodia along with other Australian researchers as part of a project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR). Details of the Cambodian mango project will be posted on ABC Rural later in the week.

ABC Rural's Matt Brann travelled through Cambodia courtesy of the Northern Territory Government.

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Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

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Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

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The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

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An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

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DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
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Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…