The yield and weight of a rare variety of mango called ‘Noor Jahan’, cultivated only in Alirajpur district in Madhya Pradesh, is likely to hit a low this season due to unfavorable weather conditions. The variety, originally belonging to Afghanistan, is now cultivated in Katthiwada region in Alirajpur district, around 250 kms from here. “The unusual weather conditions continue to hit the ‘Noor Jahan’ mango crop here this year as well. The Noor Jahan trees could not flower properly due to cloudy weather in January this year,” Ishaq Mansoori, an expert, told PTI today.
The ‘Noor Jahan’ variety produces fruits towards the beginning of June. Last year, one mango of this variety weighed around 3.2 kg but this time it is expected to weigh around two kg, he added. Mansoori said that on an average, one mango used to weigh between 3.5-4 kg but its weight is going down due to the volatile climate. “Now, only three trees of ‘Noor Jahan’ mango are left which are decades old. The productivity of these trees is also going down,” he added. During the peak demand, the cost of one ‘Noor Jahan’ mango can go up to Rs 500, he added.