For Indians, summers are times for mangoes. But with coronavirus lock down across the country, it is just a haunting wish. But the Southern Indian state of Karnataka has found a unique way of helping the people to taste their favourite mangoes. The Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation have tied up with the postal department to supply mangoes to consumers from April 17.
KSMDMC managing director CG Nagaraj told the media that they have made arrangements with the postal department to supply mangoes through the post offices. The mangoes will reach the customers from April 17.
The customers can order mangoes on http://karsirimangoes.karnataka.gov.in directly from farmers or dial 9449352139 / 9480885800 for orders. They can book for mangoes from April 17. About two dozen farmers have registered with the portal.
As a beginning, Badami, Sindhura and Raspuri varieties from Ramanagara will be available for the customers. Later mangoes from Chikkaballaputr and Kolar regions will follow, sources said. The KSMDMC will hand over the orders to the postal department on Tuesdays and Fridays.
There was a possibility of huge demand for the mangoes through post office with the further extension of the lockdown. Karnataka is the third largest mango grower after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. About 100 varieties of mangoes are grown across 1.8 lakh hectares in 15 districts.