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Much ado about mangoes

Ross Kendall | 30th Jan 2015 7:56 AM



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HEAVY rains and hungry lorikeets are just some of the problems that could hurt Northern Rivers mango farmers this season.





Despite a few problems early in the season - and too much wind - this year's crop is starting to look "alright", according to Yelgun-based mango farmer, Steve Baker.




He manages a 5000-tree farm with his wife, Terri.

Picking can start as early as February, but the longer fruit can be left on the tree the more chance it will get to market when the Queensland supply runs out.

That means higher prices for local growers.

But there is still along way to go, Mr Baker said.

"Mangoes are a very challenging crop to grow in this area, particularly in the wet season,"
he said.



"We have had 30 inches of rain across the harvest season in the past. It makes it very challenging."




Mike Coleman has 7000 mango tress on his property in the Hogarth Ranges south-west of Casino, and agreed there was some good fruit on trees, especially near the coast.




But he also noted prices were low at the moment because of high supply levels.

Heavy rain, bats and lorikeets can play havoc with crops before it can be picked, Mr Coleman said.

He also said farmers were being squeezed by increasing costs and falling prices.




Mr Coleman used to lead the Northern NSW Mango Growers Association, but the group disbanded more than a year ago.



"We couldn't get quorum at meetings and the association wasn't achieving a great deal,"
he said.

"There was low morale among the growers."




Back in 2000, Mr Baker had concerns about his business so he stumped his Kensington Pride variety trees, and grafted on a new variety called Honey Gold.




"If you haven't had a good Honey Gold, you haven't had a mango,"
he said.



"We didn't think KP was suitable for this production area because you compete too much with Mareeba, where there is a much better growing climate," he said.



The change of variety also meant a new focus on the "premium market".

"Even cheaper stores are starting to demand higher quality," Mr Baker said.

In rough terms the strategy has halved his farming area, doubled the quality of fruit and trebled turnover.



Tasty fruit

Fossil evidence indicates the mango made its first appearance 30 million years ago in northeast India, Myanmar and Bangladesh

Australians eat eight million trays of mangoes each year

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Alphonso (mango)
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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. 


It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

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Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.



However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.




Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.



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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. 




After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.


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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