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The Karnataka mango board has tied up with the Indian Postal Service to deliver the mangoes from 17 April onwards.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka’s mango farmers got some sweet news this week — their produce will be delivered right to the doorstep of consumers through the Indian Postal Service.

The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation (KSMDMC) has tied up with the postal service to deliver the fruit within a week of receiving the order. However, the service is limited to within the state.

According to the board, consumers can place their orders on the website and postal deliveries will begin from 17 April.

Speaking to ThePrint, KSMDMC’s managing director C.G. Nagaraj said farmers will be given a separate login on the website to check orders and what category of mangoes is in demand. They will then have to deliver the mangoes to the Central Post Office in Bengaluru. Since fruits come under essential goods, farmers are allowed to commute and transport their goods to markets.

“The delivery of orders will take place only on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a special van has been allotted by the postal department to deliver the mangoes,” Nagaraj said.

Officials said all safety precautions will be taken and deliveries will be carried out while following social distancing measures.

Following the Covid-19 outbreak, farmers faced the prospect of their produce going to waste given the nationwide lockdown, which was extended to 3 May.

Also read: Everything is rotting, say Maharashtra and Karnataka farmers as shut markets spell doom

Pricing & quality check

KSMDMC has ensured that the mangoes are priced competitively and consumers aren’t steeply charged as demand goes up.

Typically, mangoes cost upwards of Rs 200 per kg, and can go upto Rs 400 per kg, depending on the demand. However, the KSMDMC has fixed the price range between Rs 90 to Rs 170 per kg, depending on the variety. For instance, Sindhura will cost around Rs 100-110 per kg while Badami will cost between Rs 150-170 and Alphonso will cost around Rs 150-170 per kg.

“The mango season lasts three months and we hope to facilitate the farmers with innovative measures so that they don’t undergo losses. They are being constantly advised to price the mangoes such that they do not face losses and is acceptable to consumers,” said Nagaraj.

The farmers registered with the portal have been trained on how to price their produce, package it, and do a quality check. More than 20 farmers are currently enrolled with the KSMDMC.

Mangoes inside a ripening chamber | By special arrangement
Mangoes inside a ripening chamber | By special arrangement

As a part of their quality-control measures, the mangoes should be free from cancer-causing calcium carbide, which is used to quickly ripen the fruit. The board has, instead, told farmers how to naturally ripen mangoes using KSMDMC-approved ripening chambers, a process that has been accepted worldwide. These chambers are units that use natural ethylene gas to ripen fruits. This is done when fruits don’t get enough sun naturally.

Among the farmers registered with the KSMDMC is Pratap, who has 20 acres of land in Hosakote, Ramanagara district.

“I have three varieties — Totapuri, Sendhoori and Raspuri growing in more than 350 trees on my farm. We usually give produce worth Rs 20-25 lakh in bulk to retailers. This time, we have decided to enrol with KSMDMC with the hope that it would help boost sales,” he said.

Abhay Kumar, who farms mangoes and grapes in Bijapur, said the state government’s portal will help farmers like him earn during the lockdown.

“Since the Covid-19 crisis, we have been having very tough times. The mango season has just started… we are able to sell both in the markets as well as through the government website. We could have earned profits if we tried to sell during normal times, but now we are at least assured of a respectable price through the mango board,” said the farmer from Bijapur.

Apart from the postal service, KSMDMC has also begun tying up with Resident Welfare Associations in Bengaluru to allow farmers to supply directly to customers.

Till date, nearly 10 tonnes of mangoes have been delivered in Bengaluru through this direct farmer to flat process.

Also read: Karnataka bracing for spurt in Covid-19 cases by April end, a long fight ahead: Yediyurappa

Mango business

The state grows close to 12.5 lakh metric tonnes of mangoes each year across 1.8 lakh hectares in 15 districts. It is the third largest grower of mangoes after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

This year, officials from the KSMDMC expect produce to come down by almost half, and range between six to eight metric tonnes.

Nearly 100 varieties are grown across Karnataka, including Alphonso, Benishan (also called Banganapall), Badami, Mallika, Totapuri and Neelam. The first set of produce of the Sendhoori and Badami variety from Ramanagara and Kolar is ready for sale as they are harvested earlier than the other varieties. Markets in North Karnataka, which grow the other varieties, are expected to begin sales in May and June.

Also read: Gandhi cursed ‘luscious’ mangoes he once loved because he wanted to transcend sex & desire


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  1. STAY AWAY from KARSIRI Mangoes (KSMD&MCL). This site is a SCAM. Yet to receive my refund of 2 undelivered boxes since June 9, 2020. Repeated emails, phone calls, complaints on their website yielded nothing. Wish The Print would investigate and expose the Karnataka Governments’s FRAUD headed by Dr. CG Nagaraju.

  2. I have ordered 3kg of Raspuri and 3kg of Badami on 24 april 2020 but not yet delivered.
    Find below is the invoice number.

    INVOICE #: 107192

  3. My invoice no is 111279 and I had ordered the mangoes to be supplied to a different address box Mantri serenity doddakallasandra. Instead the mangoes have been delivered to the address of my earlier orders viz prestige bougainvillea ECC road. Can you please clarify ?

  4. I ordered but after debit from my credit card ,it hanged and transaction was unsuccessful but after email ,it’s successful and got invoice no.
    The fruit is yet to be delivered.Ordered on 22 April and hope delivers soon .

  5. I have so far not received the mangoes. When I try the website my cart shows 0 though I have ordered for 2 kgs of Badami mangoes a week back.

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