Indian government approves aid for mango growers
The Indian government has approved financial assistance for Konkan region mango growers that suffered losses last summer, the Times of India reported.
Under request of the state horticulture department, producers will received Rs 78.18 million (US$1.45 million) in total or Rs 15,000 (US$278) per hectare. So far Rs 35 million (US$650,000) has been paid to the department, with the rest expected to be paid by the end of March.
A committee has also been appointed to evaluate the situation, which recommended that efforts focus on alphonso mango trees with alternating production years.
Under the committees recommendation, only 52,256 hectares would be considered for aid.