Maharashtra mango growers seek compensation, cite crop loss and higher production cost

  • | Tuesday | 14th May, 2019

Mango growers in the state have sought compensation for the losses incurred due to crop damage and loss of market to cheaper varieties from Karnataka. In a letter to the state government, Maharashtra Mango Growers Association president Chandrakant Mokal said that low prices and a spike in the cost of production had pushed growers into financial losses. “Instead of six spraying, growers had to take eight-10 spraying, which had pushed up the cost of production by Rs 5,000-6,000 per acre,” Mukal stated. Due to increased pest attacks, he said, farmers had to use more chemicals, which in turn pushed up their cost of production. “Such mangoes are inferior to Alphonsos produced in Maharashtra and are sold per kg, while the mangoes produced in the state are sold in boxes of 4-5 dozens each, making them costlier,” he said.

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