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Recorded mango harvest from island-wide

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The Department of Agriculture states that the mango harvest in our country has increased in a record way this year.

The prolonged dry weather in the year 2023 as well as the subsequent rainy weather has caused the mango harvest to increase.

In a discussion chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industry Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera last week, the Minister asked the officials of the Department of Agriculture if they wanted to further expand mango cultivation in this country.

It was also emphasized that thousands of acres of mangoes are cultivated all over the island, especially the TEJC mango variety, which is cultivated for export, and the production may be hampered due to the decrease in the price.

Therefore, the Minister instructed the Department of Agriculture to provide him with a scientific report on whether mango cultivation should be expanded further.

According to the data of the post-harvest technology institute under the Ministry of Agriculture, the annual mango harvest of all the mango varieties grown in this country is about 250 million fruits. However, the Department of Agriculture says that the current data collection has confirmed that the 2023/24 mango season has exceeded that amount.

Due to this, the price of TEJC mangoes, which used to fetch between Rs.800 and 1000 per kilogram, has now dropped to between 400-500 rupees per kilogram in the market, according to the Department of Agriculture.

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