The “Noorjahan” mangoes, cultivated in Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur district, is fetching a higher price this year. Thanks to the good yield and sheer size of the fruit, compared with the last year.
‘Noorjahan’ mango is priced at ₹ 500 to ₹ 1,000 apiece this season, a farmer said on Sunday. Unlike last year the yield of this variety of mangoes has been good this time due to favourable weather conditions.
Locals claim “Noorjahan” mangoes are of Afghan origin. And, it is cultivated only in the Katthiwada region of Alirajpur district adjacent to the Gujarat border.
“The three Noojahan mango trees in my orchard have produced 250 mangoes. The price of this fruit is between ₹ 500 and ₹ 1,000 per piece. People have already booked these mangoes,” Shivraj Singh Jadhav, a mango cultivator from Katthiwada, told PTI.
He said people who have booked “Noorjahan” mangoes in advance include fruit lovers from Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring Gujarat.
Weighs 2 to 3.5 kg
“This time the weight of a Noorjahan mango is going to be between 2 kg to 3.5 kg,” Jadhav added.
Ishaq Mansoori, an expert in cultivating Noorjahan mangoes in Katthiwada, said: “This time the crop of this variety has been good, but the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the business”. He said Noorjahan trees could not flower properly due to unfavourable climatic conditions in 2020.
“In 2019, one mango of this variety weighed around 2.75 kg at an average and buyers paid as high as ₹ 1,200 apiece for it,” he added.
The “Noorjahan” variety produces fruits towards the beginning of June. These trees start flowering in January-February. A “Noorjahan” mango can grow up to a foot long and its kernels weigh between 150 to 200 grams, local cultivators claimed.