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AAMRAI Organic Mango Winter Update – 2021 season

AAMRAI Organic Mango Winter Update – 2021 season

By: AAMRAI

February 4, 2021

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.

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Vashishti – River of Dreams

Vashishti – River of Dreams

By: AAMRAI

January 12, 2021

Snaking its way from the Sahyadri and into the Arabian sea,
Cutting through the hard basalt rock is the river Vashishti,
Home to flora, fauna and fish aplenty,
Birthing the town of Chiplun, second largest in Ratnagiri,
Providing fresh water and life to the people of the Konkan,
Black waters turning to turquoise blue in the rising sun.

Poem credit – Ameya Vartak

Photo credit – Santosh Nayak

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AAMRAI- Ratnagiri – Deep Gold Sands

AAMRAI- Ratnagiri – Deep Gold Sands

By: Aamrai

December 21, 2020

Swaying coconut trees dancing in the salty breeze,
Deep golden sands turning the water into liquid gold,
A tranquil scene putting nature itself into a deep freeze,
Aamrai, Ratnagiri has to be experienced, cannot be told.

Poem credit – Ameya Vartak
Photo credit – Arvind Joshi

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Ambya var padlaa Taan, Ambaa nigto khoop Chaan (Mango tree under stress produces the sweetest fruit)

Ambya var padlaa Taan, Ambaa nigto khoop Chaan (Mango tree under stress produces the sweetest fruit)

By: Aamrai

December 12, 2020

Temperatures have been dropping in the first week of December, ushering in the 2020 winter. However the sudden unexpected rain showers in the last few days have cast grey clouds over the mango orchards across Devgad and Ratnagiri and also increased temperatures and humidity levels.

The flowering in Aamrai farms has so far been pretty good and with a cold winter setting in, it will help accelerate the fruit formation. However if the rains persist for a few days and are heavier, it could reverse the process. As the water availability in the ground increases and more moisture is available, it spurs the mango tree to increase vegetative growth, i.e. leaves rather than flowering and subsequent fruit formation. On the other hand, when the cold winter sets in and monsoons have receded, the mango tree has sparse moisture availability, resulting in abundant flowering. This odd phenomenon is locally called “ambya chya zhaadaa var taan padlaa” or loosely translated as “the mango tree is stressed out”.

Another reason why the Ratnagiri alphonso mango is truly unique and is produced only in adverse conditions, in fact it thrives in it. The flowering requires lack of moisture and a cold winter; while later in the months of April/May, a strong sun and a hot humid summer is necessary for speedy fruit formation and size. Perhaps this is what makes the hapus so sweet, aromatic, flavourful and unique.

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AAMRAI in Kelshi, Ratnagiri

AAMRAI in Kelshi, Ratnagiri

By: Aamrai

December 7, 2020

Nestled in a sea of coconut, betelnut and mango tree,
Air heavy with the scent of pepper, jackfruit and the sea,
Jostling for space between the ocean and the mighty Sahyadri,
Blessed with the revered temple of Mahalaxmi,
Birthplace of the alphonso mango and Aamrai,
Is the quaint Ratnagiri village of Kelshi.

Poem credit – Ameya Vartak
Photo credit – Arvind Joshi & Mahesh Soman

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Blissful November in Aamrai, Konkan

Blissful November in Aamrai, Konkan

By: Aamrai

November 23, 2020

A cool November winter morning,
a serene and carefree day is dawning,
cows mooing, birds chirping and buzzing bees,
life starts in Aamrai, nice and easy,
lazy hay stacks and a gentle fragrant breeze,
nestled in quaint Varavade village, Kankavli,
adjacent to the districts of Devgad and Malwan,
filtering shyly through the coconut & mango trees,
is the early morning Konkan sun.

Poem credit – Ameya Vartak
Photo credit – Arvind Joshi

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Konkan’s Petroglyphs – 1000 mysterious rock carvings in Ratnagiri

Konkan’s Petroglyphs – 1000 mysterious rock carvings in Ratnagiri

By: Aamrai

November 9, 2020

The red laterite porous soil of the Konkan seems to harbour a lot of mysteries other than of course the famed Alphonso Hapus mango. Over a 1000 mysterious rock carvings were discovered etched into the hard rock across the Ratnagiri and Sindhdurg districts reaching as far South as Goa. Our AAMRAI organic mango farms are located in Ratnagiri and Devgad (Sindhdurg) and some of these sites like the one in Kasheli and Ganpatipule are very close to our farms.

Archaeologists and Konkan lovers are working hard to unravel the secrets behind these carvings as well as people and civilizations that created these. A wide range of images are seen from basicdepictions to large intricate carvings of people, animal and aquatic forms. They are eerily reminiscent of scenes from the supernatural movie “Signs” or the series “Lost”.

There are plans to deploy drones to explore more such sites particularly in inaccessible and remote areas. Many of the villagers and locals in the area are keen on protecting and developing these sites and promoting them for increasing tourism in the region.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/the-petroglyphs-of-ratnagiri/article25265399.ece
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45559300

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AAMRAI 100% Organic Certified Mangoes

AAMRAI 100% Organic Certified Mangoes

By: Aamrai

October 29, 2020

AAMRAI Organic Mangoes are certified by Control Union Inspections India Pvt Ltd which is one of the oldest accredited organic certification agencies in India.

AAMRAI Organic Mangoes are certified to comply with following standards

  • NPOP – India Organic logo
  • NOP – USDA logo
  • Euro Leaf – EU Organic logo
  • Bio Suisse – Swiss Organic standards
  • JAS – Japanese agricultural standards
  • Global GAP – Good Agricultural Practices

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Reference:

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Alphonso Mango flowering may escape the brunt of unseasonal heavy rains

Alphonso Mango flowering may escape the brunt of unseasonal heavy rains

By: Aamrai

October 20, 2020

The three districts of the Konkan – Ratnagiri, Sindhdurgh and Raigad have been witnessing varying intensities of rainfall over the last week and this is expected to continue till the end of this month. The late unseasonal showers are not part of the regular monsoon but are due to low pressure systems developed over the Bay of Bengal and the Deccan plateau. Though the brunt of the rain has been borne by Telangana and Eastern part of Maharashtra, the Konkan belt has also been hit.

The conditions were overall quite conducive for a healthy mango flowering and it looks like this will be largely unaffected by the unseasonal rains. It remains to be seen what the actual impact of this will be though some amount of loss of flowering is bound to happen.

We expect first flowering to start from early November and the gradual onset of winter and colder temperatures will further aid the flower setting. Alphonso mango is an extremely sensitive fruit and is very vulnerable to the vagaries of the weather – cold temperatures, scorching heat or rains. 

The entire country has had more than its fair share of problems with Covid in 2020 and hoping for a much healthier and abundant 2021.

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LockDown Jugaad

LockDown Jugaad

By: Aamrai

May 4, 2020

Another one of the unique experiences that one faces in life due to circumstances beyond our control and which we couldn’t have imagined just a month or so ago. 

The current lockdown resulted in an unexpected problem – we ran out of packaging boxes. Our orders for new boxes with updated designs and fresh colors had been placed with our box manufacturer like every year. He was going to start the manufacturing and had even bought the paper required and cut it into the appropriate sizes. But before he could begin printing, the Covid lockdown was announced on March 23rd due to which he could not resume printing and production. We all thought this would go away soon, perhaps a week or so………..or at the most a fortnight. But it dragged on and finally we had used up all the stock left over from the 2019 season.

We were in a real dilemma since the mangoes were ready and needed to be harvested but we could not pack them in the appropriate boxes for their protection and safe handling. A similar situation exists across the Konkan with paper and raw material being in short supply, lack of reliable transportation due to shortage of drivers and frequent police checking and a real struggle for getting basic things needed to run operations in a farm or industry. We were really at our wit’s end as to how to get over this obstacle since letting mangoes go to waste due to lack of packaging boxes is like pouring good whiskey down the drains due to lack of bottles.

A bright young boy who does harvesting at our farms came up with a bright idea. If the printing was the problem, perhaps we can get plain corrugated boxes without any branding or printing. It would not have the unique AAMRAI branding or colours but the mangoes inside would be safe and would reach the eager customers. We quickly inquired with our packaging guys and they confirmed that it could be done. They quickly started production and within two days we have plain white boxes at our farms. We also managed to get AAMRAI stickers printed to be pasted on the top of the boxes so that the boxes would still bear the AAMRAI mark and brand promise. 

The final result was quite satisfactory considering the last moment execution and quick thinking. 

Take a look at the two pictures and judge for yourself. One of them is the traditional AAMRAI box and the other is the lockdown jugaad.     

So dear customers, please remember that even if you get any of these boxes at your home, please bear with us since we are all struggling through unprecedented times and the mango inside is still AAMRAI