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Dust storm destroys mango crop worth over Rs 30 cr in Meerut

Potential damage = $4,710,000.00 usd...

Tue,24 May 2016

Summary: According to officials, the damaged crop in Meerut district alone is worth Rs 30 crore. Munna Singh, a mango cultivator at Abdullahpur, said, "My mango crop suffered at least 40% damage from just a 20-minute dust storm on Monday. 

The mango crop suffered a damage after the dust storm on Monday evening. In Meerut district, mango groves are spread over 17,000 hectares of land. Monday's dust storm damaged 30.6 metric tons of mangoes in Meerut district.

Just a few days ahead of the start of the mango season here, the region's cultivators suffered massive losses after several districts were hit by a dust storm, which lasted all of 20 minutes, on Monday. 

According to officials, the damaged crop in Meerut district alone is worth Rs 30 crore."The mango crop suffered a damage after the dust storm on Monday evening. We surveyed the loss on Tuesday and we found that approximately, over 15% of the mango crop in the district has been damaged.

The crop was almost a week away from being ripe and sold in the market. 

The mango is green and hasn't matured," said district horticulture officer Arun Kumar. 

Farmers, however, said, they had suffered up to 40% losses.Arun Kumar said, "Fortunately, this year we saw a bumper crop.


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