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MIDDLE EAST : The UAE farms growing mangoes

A worker at a mango plantation in Abu Dhabi. Getty Images

Hala Khalaf

July 12, 2015 Updated: July 12, 2015 03:10 PM


Mangoes have been cultivated in the UAE as far back as the 1970s and, since 2011, the fruit has been a regular contender among the locally grown produce on display at the Liwa Date Festival.

Fatma Al Kalbani, director of agricultural development for the Ministry of Environment and Water, says the UAE’s hot climate encourages mango farming, as does the country’s sandy soil, high humidity and warm temperatures. 

Mango trees also need deep soil for their extensive root systems – another element available here in the UAE.

“The sandy soil in the UAE makes it very suitable for mango trees to grow,” says Ahmed El Sheikh, a fruit specialist working in Fujairah.

 “It allows water to access the tree’s root system much easier than clay soil and the high humidity in Fujairah is also key for their growth.”

The Lemon Tree Nursery in Fujairah has made mangoes its speciality. The farm grafts and reproduces dozens of varieties of mangoes in an effort to see which cultivars are best suited for the UAE’s agricultural environment.

 The mangoes grown are of two categories: the winter crop, which produces the garat, ghazal and nam doc mai varieties, and the summer crop, which consists of more than 60 varieties, including the Alphonso, kesar and Tommy Atkins.

Of the UAE’s 140,000 mango trees, about half are in Fujairah – specifically on the east coast – because of its suitable humidity and temperature. Over the years, the number of farms have grown in size, with locations now in Liwa, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ain and even Abu Dhabi.

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Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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…

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

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

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. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

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.

Inaugurating a two-day Vasanthotsava organized by Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Corporation at P…