Malihabad, May 30: Popular varieties of mangoes available in Uttar Pradesh's Malihabad may soon become a thing of the past, as a growing number of orchard owners are drawn to profitable varieties of mangoes.
The orchard owners say they are compelled to concentrate on just a few varieties due to market demand. There was a time when about 700 varieties of mangoes were available in Malihabad. They have reduced to a few varieties now a days.
Veteran mango cultivator fear that mango varieties like Taimoorlang, Husnaara, Aabehayat and Zawahiri may soon be wiped out, since most of the mango growers are not focusing on these varieties.
He says that some of the varieties are already unavailable in the market. "The reason for certain mango varieties facing extinction threat is the fact that mangoes like Dussheri, Chosa, Lucknowi have taken over the market in a big manner. Mango growers get a good price for these varieties. However, mango varieties that are facing extinction are not able to make their presence felt in the market as there are few trees grown of these varieties," Haji Kalimullah Khan, a veteran mango cultivator said. (ANI)