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Off-season arrival of king of fruits

‘Current stock of crop is coming from Tamil Nadu’

Published: 04th December 2012 08:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2012 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

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One would have heard of mango trees flowering during November and December. But the King of Fruits has already arrived in a few markets in the city. As December is the off-season, mangoes are now expensive and cost `600 a kg.

The fruit traders at Russell Market said getting mangoes during December was rare, and that was why they had become the centre of attraction at the market.

“Once in three days, a stock of about 700 to 1,000 kg of mangoes is brought to main markets such SKR Market and Russell Market. From there the fruits are distributed to smaller markets and restaurants,” said Shawnawaz Khan, a fruit trader at Russell Market.

“The current stock of off-season mangoes is coming from interior villages of Tamil Nadu. Mangoes are seen in some parts of Kolar and Ramanagaram districts also, and they are likely to come to the markets in February,” said Khan.

Speaking to Express, S V Hittalmani, Additional Director of Horticulture (Fruits and Flowers), said, “This is an off-season crop. About 15 per cent of the crop has come, but its quality is not as good as the seasonal ones. Since the supply is less, the prices are bound to be high.”

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