Berhampur, May 17 (LocalWire): Cyclone Fani lashed with such immensity that the coastal areas of the state are still reeling under its effect.
The trail of its damage can still be seen in the power outages, debris, homeless people and the rising prices of vegetables and fruits.
Mangoes, the king of fruits floods markets this time of the year but unfortunately, Fani did maximum damage in this sector too.
Though mangoes hit the market this year early, it is not within the reach of everybody’s pocket.
The price in Berhampur, one of the major
mango markets of the country was skyrocketing, leading to a decline in and supply and depriving many of the summer treat.
Wholesale mango traders said the price was high due to short supply from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, one of the major mango production states
in the country.
Production in the neighboring state was hit by Fani and the ensuing rains, said Prakash Gouda of Nilakantheswara new mango merchant association, here.
‘We hoped of a good harvest of mangoes this year due to favourable weather condition till we were hit by the extremely severe cyclonic storm but the extensive damage in Andhra Pradesh for increased the price manyfold,’ said another wholeseller.
The price ofmangoes varies from Rs 40 to Rs 60 per kg in the wholesale market.
In retail market, the prices of mango was
much higher and hovering around Rs 50 to Rs 100 per kg depending on the varieties and qualities of the fruit.
Wholesalers, however, hoped the price might decline afte the fruit from Karnataka enters the Silk City market.
‘The Karnataka wholesale mango sellers are yet to supply the fruit to the state and due to non-availability of local varieties, the market is flooded with mangoes from Andhra Pradesh, remarked Santosh Sahu, another merchant.
Karnataka is likely to supply the fruit to Berhampur market from first week of June, he said.
Around 5000 to 7000 tons of different varieties of mangoes reach the wholesale markets daily.