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INDIA 2016 : Gir’s Kesar to be smaller but sweeter this summer



















TNN | May 10, 2016, 12.21 AM IST




Rajkot/Ahmedabad: For mango lovers, their favourite kesar would be small but succulent this year!



After inclement weather that saw mango yield plummet drastically last year, kesar yield is expected to be much better this summer. Farmers and horticulture experts said they expect normal production this year due to conducive flowering. Moreover, the famous Gir kesar, which had arrived on shelves as late as third week of May last year, has already started flooding the markets in Talala and other places in Saurashtra.




Dayabhai Vaghasiya, member of Talala Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), told TOI that the mango season is also expected to last longer this summer.


"The arrival of mango boxes is slow compared to last season. But it will gradually go up and the season could last up to two months. The fruits are smaller is size due to shortage of water in the region. However, the quality is better with less pigmentation on the skin," Vaghasiaya added.





The kesar mango arrival in main market of Talalagir began from May 3 with 18,000 boxes of 10 kg each. Last year, kesar from foothills of Girnar Mountain began arriving APMC around May 20.





Arun Karmur, Junagadh horticulture officer, said that arrival of mangoes was less than last year which was an exceptional one as large quantity of the fruit was destroyed due to squally weather during flowering.



"The arrival of the kesar boxes in Talala is normal and the prices have also remained stable between Rs 250 per box to Rs 600 per box (of 10 kg) for different grades of kesar,"
Karmur told TOI.











The 'Gir Kesar' mango also has Geographical Indication (GI) tag. It is only second variety of mango in India to get GI registration after the Dussheri mango grown in Uttar Pradesh.



"In Gujarat, kesar
is cultivated on around 20,000 hectare land in Gir region. The average production per hectare is seven metric tonne. But this year, we estimated this to be around six metric tonne per hectare," he added.








Harsukh Jharsaniya, secretary, Talala APMC, said, "Till date, total 1.27 lakh kesar mango boxes (each containing 10 kg) have arrived in APMC for auction. The inflow is still subdued as we are getting 10,000 to 15,000 boxes instead of 25,000 boxes expected daily."





http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/Girs-Kesar-to-be-smaller-but-sweeter-this-summer/articleshow/52196096.cms



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Alphonso





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. 


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

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST






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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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