Winter is firmly entrenched in AAMRAI, Ratnagiri and the cold air is certainly aiding the fruit setting as well as the new flowering growth. Typically the weather starts turning after Holi in March and if that happens this year with a hot summer, we should have a good mango harvest this year.
Having said that there is still a lot of time in which several factors could spoil the show – unseasonal showers, cyclonic disturbances, gusty strong winds, extended winter or a cooler summer, but fingers crossed, so far everything seems to be on track. We might just have to wait a little longer this year, since the winter started a few weeks later and this might push the season ahead by the much. We expect to start harvesting in the second half of March with minor quantities and expect regular supplies to commence from March end or early April.
Praying for a good season this year to offset the 2020 lockdown chaos.