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South Gujarat mango farmers, traders stare at losses amid Lockdown4.0

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The Covid19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown has had a severe impact on the sale of mangoes in the state. Mango farmers in South Gujarat are looking at a drastic loss of revenue due to inability in ensuring that the fruit reaches the market.

Media reports said that the Surat APMC has in 2020 sold only 2,500 tonne of mangoes which is extremely lower than what it does every year. Officials of the market said that every year between March and April, lakhs of tonne mangoes change hands at the market and the district alone exports 10 tonne of mangoes . But the exports have come to a standstill due to the lockdown and traders are looking at losses. Farmers also said that several tonnes of mangoes were not even harvested as there was no one to buy it.

Traders also said that despite easing of lockdown, many restrictions still remain and the movement of mangoes to outside the state is challenging. A local media quoted Nilesh Thorat, Secretary, APMC, Surat as saying that in the year 2019, 1.89 lakh quintal of mangoes were sold from the market. While this season, the mangoes have only begun to arrive in the market. The mangoes from Surat find their way to Delhi Mumbai, UK, US, UAE and such places.

Traders also said that despite easing of lockdown, many restrictions still remain and the movement of mangoes to outside the state is challenging. A local media quoted Nilesh Thorat, Secretary, APMC, Surat as saying that in the year 2019, 1.89 lakh quintal of mangoes were sold from the market. While this season, the mangoes have only begun to arrive in the market. The mangoes from Surat find their way to Delhi Mumbai, UK, US, UAE and such places.

Traders are hoping that the state will step in and allow for transport of goods and perhaps may also look at compensating farmers.