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INDIA PREPARES FOR 2015 MANGO SEASON

Fragrance of mangoes in air at Muthalamada



K.A. SHAJI








Mango orchards spread in 45,000 hectares in this village panchayat, sharing border with Tamil Nadu, have started bustling with activity this week with popular varieties of mangoes in the ripening phase.




Muthalamada is the biggest centre of mango production in the entire country and its varieties are the early birds, which reach the world market much before the mangoes mature in the gardens of the competitors in Peru and Venezuela.



Exports of mangoes alone are worth Rs.200 crore per season in this otherwise sleepy region of Palakkad. The recent decision of European Union to lift the seven-month-old ban on Indian mangoes has come as a major relief for the mango growers in Muthalamada and many have bumper harvest this time.



“Exporters have already started flocking our villages. The yield is high this time while comparing with the previous years. While comparing with other mango hubs in the country, harvesting begins first in Muthalamada by…