Mumbai: Traders expect mango rush for Gudi Padwa

As the weather goes back to normal in the state after the unexpected rains, APMC traders are looking forward to getting a steady supply of alphonso mangoes on Gudi Padwa

Mango lovers can finally rejoice. After the unseasonal rainfall ended in the Konkan belt, traders at the APMC market in Vashi are hopeful that the supply of alphonso mangoes will be steady during Gudi Padwa, which marks the beginning of the mango season, and consumers can welcome the traditional New Year with their favourite fruit.

Fruit traders at APMC, Vashi, are expecting the price to come down in April, when the mango season is in full swing
Fruit traders at APMC, Vashi, are expecting the price to come down in April, when the mango season is in full swing

Fruit traders are expecting as many as 50,000 boxes from Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg districts on Gudi Padwa. “Most people start buying mangoes during the Gudi Padwa festival. We are expecting a big lot to reach the market by then,” said Vijay Dhoble, a fruit trader.

After the off-season rains hit mango-growing districts, the supply of alphonso mangoes was a few thousand boxes (60 mangoes per box). “Depending on the quality and size, the mangoes are being sold at R200-R600
per dozen in the wholesale market.

However, we are expecting the price to come down during Gudi Padwa, when the mango season is in full swing,” said Balkrishna Shinde, another fruit trader at the Vashi APMC market. He added that the quality of these mangoes is expected to be better, as the rains have stopped in the Konkan region, where the fruit grows.

Currently, alphonsos are being sold anywhere between Rs 900-Rs 1,000 per dozen in the retail market. However, traders said that the rate would eventually come down once the peak season of the fruit starts from April.

Rs 200-600
Current price of the fruit per dozen in the wholesale market

Rs 1,000
Current price of the fruit per dozen in the retail market

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