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Mango trees in Tainan feared to produce poorly

Mango trees in Tainan feared to produce poorly

•Mango trees in Tainan feared to produce poorly

Some farmers in a mango producing area in Tainan City on Monday predicted a severe decrease of local mango fruit this year as many mango trees are not fruiting well. A legislator has promised to seek help from the central government.

Tainan’s Yujing and Nanhua districts are one of few main mango producing areas in Taiwan. Local mango fruit matures around June and July every year. The mango season usually attracts many tourists to the area to buy fresh mango and taste the popular mango ice, and the income is an important part of the local economy.

However, this year local farmers have complained that their mango trees have not flowered well and that many of the scanty fruits on the trees are thin and almost “empty.” Now is about time to put a paper bag around each grown mango fruit on the tree to prevent pests from harming the fruit, but there are just a few fruits on each tree, farmers said.

A member of a local farmers' association surnamed Lai said local mango trees flower around November, and the ideal weather for the flowering season is cool and dry. But November last year saw warmer weather and more rainfall than previous years, and the situation got worse after severe cold fronts and the ensuing heavy rainfall hit early this year, which resulted in poor flowering and fruiting, Lai said.

Lai estimated that this year's local mango yield might drop 70 to 80 percent from last year.

Noting that this year is the worst situation he has seen in many years, Lai said he had seen mango trees in some farmers’ orchards bear almost no fruits, and some farmers spent near NT$100,000 on pesticide for pest control during the flowering season, only to see “empty fruits” bearing on their mango trees.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ting-fei said she would ask the Council of Agriculture to quickly ascertain the cause of the damage, the area of the damage, and the degree of the damage in preparation for handing out subsidies for natural disaster to farmers suffering from the loss.

Updated : 2021-08-02 14:33 GMT+08:00