Mumbai, Jan 6 (Agencies): Alphonso mango production is likely to be up by 25 per cent this season and touch the two-million tonne mark compared to last year due to good flowering, a top government official said on Thursday.

"It is too early to predict the actual production at this point. However, the flowering is good this year and if the weather remains conducive the production will definitely be better than last year," National Horticulture Board Managing Director Bijay Kumar told PTI here.

He said, as it is this year the overall mango production will be better than last year as it falls on the alternate fruiting year.

"The Alphonso production is likely to be 25 per cent more than last year at about two million tonnes. The production stood at 1.77 million tonne cultivated in 3.40 lakh hectares in 2010-11 season," he said.

This variety of mango is the first in the season and arrives in the markets after mid-February and is available till June end. Alphonso mango is mainly grown in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Even as the per hectare yield is 4-5 tonne as compared to 8-9 tonne in other varieties of mango, the popularity of Alphonso fetches good price.

Alphonso mango is also popular abroad and about 40 per cent of the produce is exported to the Middle East countries, Europe and the US. Other varieties which are exported are banganapalli, kesar, payari, vanraj, rajapuri and gulabi.

"This variety is the most popular because of its shape size, colour and taste," Kumar said.