The Undisputed King of Fruits, is famous for its juicy, golden texture. It’s crowned as the King of Fruits not just for its exquisite taste but also for its nutritional benefits. With people going crazy for the golden fruit, Indian farmers try to keep up with the demands by using various organic and inorganic means.
Although using chemical fertilizers might help you boost the produce, it spoils the quality of the fruits and leaves residue in them while also causing prolonged damage to the soil.
Finding its mention even in the millennia-old Indian Upanishads, Indians have been enjoying the fruit for over 4000 years. The western world came across it around 500 years ago when the Portuguese came to India.
India is one of the largest producers of mangoes in the world, accounting for more than half of the global production. Although most of it is consumed domestically, India exports millions of dollars worth of mangoes to countries like UAE, Britain, Germany and the USA.
Mango is making its way to connoisseurs worldwide, as they have started adding it to every other dish, from kebabs to refreshing drinks. Globally, mangoes are rising in demand, and the South American continent & other countries like Thailand, and Mexico are improving their production and quality. Despite being one of the world’s largest producers, India holds a relatively small share of global export markets.
In the pre-covid era, export growth was rising significantly, with Indian mango varieties like Alphonso and Kesar gaining popularity. But due to sanitary and phytosanitary issues, chemical residues and many more issues, Indian mango produce has not been able to impact the global markets significantly.
To make it through the stringent US and European standards, the Indian mangoes have to go through irradiation, where low doses of gamma rays kill any pests or fruit flies in the fruit. Another reason that a fraction of Indian mango produce gets rejected is the residues of chemical fertilizers and pesticides found in the fruit. Another aspect is the consistency in shape, colour and texture of the fruit, which also varies quite a lot when the trees don’t receive the right amount of nutrients.
Mangoes grow well in subtropical climates. Growing mango orchards is quite easy as the nutrients they require are widely available from organic materials.
When the mango trees are young, they need higher doses of slow-releasing multi nutrients. Once they grow big enough to bear fruits, their nitrogen content requirement falls, and they require higher calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and boron doses.
Vermicompost is one of the best ways to provide mango trees with the necessary nutrients to help them grow healthily. Vermicompost is produced by worms and helps nourish the soil. Using vermicompost can help your mango orchards in the following ways:
Adding vermicompost to the soil aids the development and growth of the mango trees and seedlings. When applied periodically, it helps the young trees grow faster, taller, bigger, and stronger. The farms using vermicompost see a significant change in the trees' health and an increase in the quantity and quality of produce.