Due to non seasonal rains and cold winter the production of Indian Alphonso mangoes could be affected and creates shortage which is much liked in the Indian city of Mumbai.
The price of the delicious taste fruit, used in religious ceremonies and in different drinks, has been twice from 2010. Now it has been sold of 1 dozen boxes at Rupees 2,500 (US$ 56).
The Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board said that production had decreased by around 30% of the normal yield. It says that the export of Alphonsos had been badly affected. Experts say that the cause for the decrease in production is because areas in the Konkan region where the Alphonso is developed have been triggered by a severe winter.
"This is a coastal area where the temperature solely falls less 17 or 18C," said Dr. Subhash Chavan, a fruit research expert. "But it hollow for 65 days between December and February, consequently the fertilization procedure was harmfully affected."
India is the biggest exporter of mangoes in the world, but it has not so far obtained a parallel hold of the worldwide market. India shows off more 1,000 types of the fruit.
India produces almost 13 million tonnes of mangoes – at least 40% of the world's production - with Maharashtra amid the key producers. The local people call the Alphonso which has orange type color as “the king of the fruit”
It is greatly loved foreigners, particularly in the Middle East, Europe and the US.
Dr. Vivek Bhide, who sends the Alphonso to the US and Singapore, said that there had been only 10% of the normal defer. He also said we are not in a position to fulfill the exports order because of severe shortage. I have been involved with this business from the last 30 years but in my past experience I have never seen such type of shortage.
Food price rises is presently at 9.18% in India - which like its Asian competitor China - is fighting to balance inflation with economic growth. But producers of mango-based items remain hopeful that in spite of the mounting prices and the shortages, business will not be damaged.
Similarly the harsh weather has also targeted Indian onion crop, causing in higher prices and a shortage of the staple food that gives the organizations for huge quantity of meals.