"Mango production in India might decline this year by 35-40 percent due to crop damage following unseasonal rain in major growing states," according to a study conducted by the
industry chamber.

With a share of over 23 percent, Uttar Pradesh is ranked among India's leading mango producing states, followed by Andhra Pradesh (15 percent), Karnataka (9.5 percent), Telangana (nine percent) and Bihar (seven percent).

"However, mango production in UP had declined by two percent year-on-year from about 44 lakh tonnes in 2012-13 to 43 lakh tonnes in 2013-14 while it had increased across India by 2.4 per cent during the same period," the report said.

Lucknow, Pratapgarh, Allahabad, Bulandshahar, Saharanpur, Faizabad, Varanasi, Moradabad, Barabanki, Meerut, Unnao, Sitapur, Hardoi, Gorakhpur, Basti, J P Nagar and Mathura are
the major mango producing belts in UP.

Chausa, dashehari, fazli, gulab khas, langra, mallika and amrapali are certain varieties of mangoes produced in the state.

"Considering that crops in almost all leading mango producing states had faced nature’s wrath early this year, mango will taste bitter to domestic consumers as its prices are likely to swell by as much as 50 percent and might even go up to 65 percent in some pockets," added Assocham's Secretary General D S Rawat.

Relief measures have announced by various governments for farmers were proving to be insufficient to help them overcome their losses and also curb rising prices, thus more needs to be done in this behalf, he added.

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