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Good news for mango lovers before the season starts, there will be bumper production this time!

 ICAR: This time, apart from South India, an increase in mango production can be seen in other parts of the country also. This time the production of the crop may increase to 24 million tonnes. Last year it was 21 million tonnes.
 Good news for mango lovers before the season starts, there will be bumper production this time!
Agro Haryana, New Delhi Mango Season: With the onset of summer, the mango crop is also ready to arrive in the coming months. Mango season is expected to start in May-June in total areas. 

T Damodaran, director of ICAR Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture, said that mango production is expected to increase by 14 percent to 24 million tonnes this year. 

He also said that according to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, despite the possibility of heat wave in the months of April-May, it will not have any significant impact on the mango production. 

Farmers just have to take care of water in the month of May so that too many fruits do not fall.

Chances of it being warmer than normal

In the summer forecast issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), it was said that the havoc of the heat wave may become more severe this time. It can last for 10-20 days instead of the normal two to four days. 

Most parts of the South Peninsula, Central India, Eastern India and the plains of North-West India are likely to be warmer than normal. Damodaran said, 'The appearance of flowers (manjar) in mango is an important part of the process of fruit setting. 

Due to favorable weather, flowering of mango is almost over. Pollination is normal and fruits have started forming. Normal heat may not affect the yield, but will indirectly help the crop.

This time the chances of mango crop being good.

He said that the prospects of mango crop are good now. Total production may increase to 24 million tonnes in the crop year 2023-24 (July-June), whereas it was 21 million tonnes in the crop year 2022-23. 

Mango production is being seen bumper in South India, which contributes 50 percent to the total production of the country. Last year, southern states had to face 15 percent loss due to weather disturbances. 

He said that the situation is better this year. Mango is an important fruit of India and is called the 'King of Fruits'. India is a major mango producing country, which contributes about 42 percent to the world production.

Maintain soil moisture by irrigation.

According to Damodaran, climate plays a role in flowering and fruit setting. However, in warmer than normal conditions, farmers need to exercise caution and maintain soil moisture by doing light irrigation, he said. 

This reduces fruit fall. He advised farmers to beware of attacks by invasive pests, especially thrips, in mango growing areas in the northern plains. Damodaran said that the population of thrips has increased manifold in many mango orchards.

In search of food, thrips insects will migrate from floral parts to newly formed fruits. He said that to save the crop, farmers can immediately spray insecticides, especially imidacloprid, about four milliliters (ml) per liter of water or thiamethoxam at 0.4 grams per liter of water.

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