Mango Varieties
AMAN ABBASI

SCMD, Malihabad
BHADAIYA SUKUL

SCMD, Malihabad
SURKHA THAKURBAGH

SCMD, Malihabad
SADAPHAL MALIHABAD

SCMD, Malihabad
JAUHARI SAFEDA

SCMD, Malihabad
GOLA BHADAIYAN

SCMD, Malihabad
GILAS

SCMD, Malihabad
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            Society For Conservation of Mango Diversity (SCMD) facilitated trainings with the help of CISH Scientists and Technical Officers on following aspects

Community mango catalogue: Training on collection of diversity, photography of diversity, information collection for catalogue development and interaction with community people.

Diversity fair: Participation and organization of mango diversity show, collection of fruits, documentation of diversity.

Value addition and post harvest management: SCMD was instrumental in organizing trainings with the help of Scientists and staff of CISH, Lucknow in following areas:

  1. Raw mango panna, amchoor and other products.
  2. Harvesting and ripening of mango.
  3. Hygiene and food safety.
Nursery management: Community nurseries have established as a result of training CISH nursery for improving grafting skills.

Package of practices: SCMD linked subject matter specialists from CISH with the community members for solving their day to day problems of pest and disease management, safe use of pesticides, treatment of boron deficiency in sandy soils.

Marketing linkages:Community members have realized that for getting higher price for their traditional varieties they have to improve their business skills and diversify into a new market opportunity and rare varieties can bring newfound prosperity to their community. “We never knew the value of our desi mangoes,” said community farmers. “There was never a good market for them, so we would just let them sell for Rs 2-3 per kg or fall down on their own. The children would eat a few, and the rest were left to rot.”

SCMD helped to demonstrate that rare mango varieties of the communities sweet-tasting,  excellent sucking types with a rich color and aroma. As a result community members sold their produce at rates higher than the commercial varieties in fruit markets of posh colonies of Lucknow. However, This work begins with forming or strengthening community business groups, which allow farmers to sell their fruit collectively and improve their bargaining power. At the same time, SCMD is analyzing the market opportunities for mango and helping to build relationships between buyers and farmer groups. Most of the fruit of these communities is sold in local markets of Dubagga or Malihabad, but processors and export markets represent key opportunities for growth. At the same time, SCMD helped farmers in the area to improve the quality of their produce by taking care during harvesting and use of plastic crates. With a market now available for their mangoes, the farmers discovered a new source of income – and a new investment for their future. Many community farmers just didn’t believe it was possible to sell their mangoes at such premium rate. It wasn’t until they actually saw, with their own eyes, the people are interested in rare mangoes and buy all our mangoes that they started believing.
        

Important Links: Mango Resources Information System
  Central Institute For Subtropical Horticulture
  Bioversity International
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