Climate change hits fruit crops hard in south Gujarat

If the mangoes and the humble chickoos disappear from your fruit basket in coming years, blame it on nothing else but climate change.

Wildly fluctuating climates have started showing their effect on the agriculture of south Gujarat, that too at an alarming rate. This region supplies 55% of mangoes grown in Gujarat and nearly 70% of chickoos produced.

Fluctuations in temperature, changed rainfall patterns and indifferent weather since two years have taken toll on crops. Heavy heat in daytime and cold nights has resulted in withering away of flowering from fruit trees, and non-formation of seeds in small fruits have become a common feature in many citrus fruits.

This has resulted in the production by about 10 to 12 per cent every year.

“If these changes continue, Kutch will become a hub of good mangoes and even cashew in the coming five years,” said NI Patel, head of horticulture department at Navsari Agriculture University (NAU)… Read more

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