Mosambi cultivators of Nalgonda reap rich

Low orange and mango production raises the demand for the fruit

By Author  |  Published: 4th Apr 2018  12:11 amUpdated: 3rd Apr 2018  11:19 pm
Mosambi being loaded on to a truck at a farm in Nalgonda. 

Nalgonda: Mosambi cultivators in the district are reaping ‘sweet’ gains as their crop has fetched Rs 40,000 per tonne, double of what they got last summer. The price of mosambi has witnessed steep hike due to the prevailing market factors that is benefiting farmers in earning profits.

Nalgonda district is one of the major exporters of mosambi (sweet lime) to north India, with the crop being cultivated in 63,000 acre in the district. A couple of months ago, farmers got just Rs 20,000 per tonne, which was not enough even to meet the expenditure of cultivation.

Generally, the price of mosambi automatically comes down in summer after orange and mango start arriving in the markets. Orange is imported from Maharashtra. Adverse weather conditions in Maharashtra have impacted orange cultivation resulting in less yield. In addition to this, mango production was also not as per expectations due to cold wave conditions during winter.

The two factors impacted arrivals and availability of these popular fruits in markets across the country. With this, the demand for mosambi continued to be high. The 24-hours power supply to agriculture sector also helped the farmers in supplying adequate water to each plant that resulted in high yield.

Speaking to Telangana Today, Assistant Director of Horticulture Kasthuri Aruna said the yield of mosambi had come down this summer due to cold wave at the time of flowering stage. It was expected that the production of mosambi would be 1.3 lakh tonnes in the district this summer.

Last summer, the market price of mosambi was between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000, but this summer it has touched Rs 40,000 per tonne. It is golden time for mosambi growers. Alli Srinivas, who cultivated mosambi in eight acres at Dandempally, said that 24 hours of electricity supply launched by the State government had helped him provide irrigation facility to his entire farm in phased manner. This had resulted in good yield, he added.