The Department of Horticulture helped reach an agreement between the pulp units and mango farmers in Chittoor district to secure a lucrative price for the latter.
Mango is grown on 1.1 lakh acres in the district, from where a whopping 5 lakh metric tons of product go to juice and pulp making units. The horticultural commissioner SS Sridhar, accompanied by the collector M. Hari Narayanan, paid a visit to the steam heat treatment plant in Tirupati and also spoke to mango farmers from the village of Kothapeta in Pulicherla Mandal.
In this context, Mr. Sridhar announced that he would bring the pulp units to the negotiating table. “If necessary, we will consider bringing in traders from neighboring countries for such deals in order to ensure a profitable price for the mango farmers,” he said, assuring the pulp units that they will solve the problems they are facing.
Speaking to members of a Farmer Producers’ Organization (FPO), he said that the table varieties of fruit would add value once they were processed in the VHT facility, which would bring the farmers better yields.
Deputy Directors Subba Reddy, Koteswara Rao, and other officials attended the occasion.