Malihabad’s Mango growers fear a COVID whitewash

Malihabad/ Lucknow: For mango growers, the sudden resurgence of Corona cases just at the cusp of mango season has come as a big shocker. With last year’s virtual washout in the business and trade, farmers fear that this time will once again prove to be a dampener with Corona pounce again back to haunt the country. Malihabad known as a mango hotbed is at the heart of the discourse at presence.

Known for its massive varieties which have earned name and fame not just in India but overseas, mango growers hear are worried that the restrictions may be a big jolt for their business this year. Several farmers point out that the lockdown had an adverse effect on the mango business last year, as traffic was closed and the export of fruits was not possible. They said that non-availability of pesticides and labour further trebled the problem.

Talking to the media, President of All India Mango Growers Association, Insram Ali has been quoted saying that in 2020 there was a slowdown in mango business and now when the mango season is coming again, the fear of Corona has started which is a bad sign. With lockdown imposed last year, many growers could not send fruits to other states as well.

The number of mango growers failing to pay their debts have steadily risen. Malihabad, Mal and Kakori are the three tehsils situated on the outskirts of Lucknow where mango is produced on a large scale.

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