S V Hittalmani, Additional Director of Horticulture, said flowering started in Ramanagara and Bengaluru Rural region in November.
The traders from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab visit the mango markets in Damalacheruvu, Tirupati, Bangarupalyam and Puttur.
With Karaikal Mangani Thiruvizha around the corner, activists express concern over quality of fruits
Use of ripening agents such as calcium carbide and ethephon could cause serious health issues, officials said.
The Mango Tourism Festival at Hanu Reddy Raghava Farms over the weekend was a melting pot of traditional games, cultural activities, mango-based events and food.
A maximum temperature of 30 to 35 degrees Celsius is required during the flowering season but this year the temperature soared to 40 degrees Celsius in March itself, damaging the mango flowers.
A fine of Rs 2 lakh will also be slapped on the traders in violation of the norms.
According to official sources, inspections at 15 fruit stalls and five godowns located in MG Road, EP Road and Bahar Shah street were held to check the quality of mangoes.
Residents have complained about the traders who have been using chemicals such as ethylene ripeners, ethylene sprays, etc., to artificially ripen mangoes.
As the heatwave takes over the whole of North India, most of us have been cooped up inside homes.
Yet, identifying a naturally-ripened fruit has been a gamble for years. Addressing and offering a solution to this is Chennai-based MangoPoint.
Low productivity of mango this summer has shattered hopes of the farmers across Koraput district.
The civic body sent a show cause notice to Bhide, asking him to prove his claim that the fruit from his mango orchards helped childless couples in having a male child.
Controversial Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide has said that a number of couples were blessed with sons after eating mangoes from his orchard, drawing sharp reactions from various quarters.