The King of all fruits and the delight of summer is a great fruit whose cultivation is pretty much closer to many farming families and communities. For years Mango crop production has been done in regions like India with a great sense of pride and it’s high time the farmers think of migrating to organic Mango production methods. There are several apprehensions that are associated with the idea of converting Mango production into an organic farming model and by doing so, the farmers are unsure about the quality of the fruit, especially in terms of its taste as well as the profitability of the crop.
Knowing full well that the Mango is a seasonal crop and it lasts only for a few months of harvesting or fruit gathering and processing, farmers are of course justified on their part of expressing their reservations about the organic Mango production. Evaluating the challenges and recommended best practices would help to motivate the traditional farming communities to boldly migrate towards the organic farming model.
Challenges as Perceived by the Farmers about Organic Cultivation of Mangoes
Mangoes are known for their value and huge profitability and to that extent, investments are being made every year in cultivating mangoes. The success rate is defined based on the size of the fruit, quality of fruit yield per tree and the ultimate taste the fruit. The apprehension is that the organic Mango production might not meet up with these three standard expectations of the farmers. It is also true that huge quantity of the first crop might become wasted because of the minimal or absolutely no usage of the pesticides, scale insects and black flies are among the common pathogens that attack Mango fruits. The demand for exports of Mango is also supposed to be matching up with the desired quality standards.
Mangoes identified with these insect pest infections shall be rejected by the export quality audits. Farmers are naturally not keen to subject their yield into such a high levels of risk to the extent of not being able to export the fruits; this continues to be the hindrance to the organic Mango production in India and neighboring farming countries.
Encouraging Reasons to Migrate to Organic Cultivation
Besides the existing challenges, there have always been many impressive reasons for organic cultivation which includes the production of healthier plants and fruits besides being tasteful alone. There is a great benefit to the ecology and environment which in the long run shall benefit the farming communities. Considering all these advantages, the organic Mango production is certainly something worthy beyond through as many farming societies are already migrating towards organic cultivation. Organic Mango production can take inspiration from certain globally well-known success stories of Orange, Blueberry and Orchids which are now being cultivated organically and the same are being preferred over the conventional ones by the exporters and importers. The world is already turning into organic practices, either because of the passion of certain farmers or due to the market demand or even by realizing the core benefits of organic cultivation. Organic Mango production has great scope in the future both in terms of quality production and profitability.