Mango floods RMC yard amid lockdown; farmers face tough time with no buyers

Mysuru, April 20:- The season of the ‘king of fruits,’ mango has arrived in India. Farmers who were initially happy at the good yield from mango crop are now facing a tough time with only a few buyers in view of the nationwide lockdown to contain spread of coronavirus.

Amidst all the problems, the farmers brought loads of mangoes to RMC yard despite lack of transport facility.

“Mangoes have flooded the market since 6 days. More mangoes are expected at the market after May 5. However, the farmers are facing a tough time while supplying mangoes to the market due to lockdown. Some farmers are even scared to harvest the mango crop due to coronavirus pandemic,” said president of Merchants’ Association Pathar Babu.

“Though RMC has provided amenities, the farmers are still hesitant to come to market and sell their produce. There is a poor show of buyers at the market and there are hardly few mango buyers. In 2019, the mango price was Rs 100-150 per kilogram in the beginning and this year it has come down to Rs 35-60. This is causing huge losses to farmers,” he added. (HN, NGB)

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