lemons are trending on twitter and other social media outlets there is a sudden explosion of cartoons jokes and memes on the topic.
The reason is the lemon price inflation in the country in some cities the price is as high as 350 rupees per kg for the citrus fruit compared to 40 rupees per kg a few months ago that means a single lemon will cost you around 10 to 15 rupees lemons are actually competing with petrol LPG and gold in the current price rise battle but why is this happening in India the country that is the largest producer of lemons in the world India produces approximately 17 percent of the world’s lemons it is grown in orchards spanning a combined 3.17 lakh acres across the country.
Andhra Pradesh is the highest lemon growing state with 1.1 lakh acres under the fruit cultivation followed by Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha and Tamil Nadu lemon cultivation requires a warm moderately dry and moist climate.
However exposure to heavy rainfall induces bacterial diseases in orchards according to researchers and scientists farmers supply the fruit round the earth by inducing flowering through the Bahar(season) treatment lemon growers take three Bahar(season)s or seasons in a year namely Ambe, mrig, hasta.
During Ambe Bahar(season) flowering takes place from January to February with fruit formation happening in April and during Mrig Bahar(season) orchards bloom during June and July and the harvest happens in October and in hasta Bahar(season) flowering is from September to October with harvest happening in March.
These Bahar(season)s overlap and farmers have lemons round the year to market currently the lemons that we are getting in the market are mainly dependent on the hasta Bahar(season) and the subsequent Ambe Bahar(season) which have been a failure this time around the months of September and October and 2021 had brought in exceptionally heavy rains lemon orchards are extremely sensitive to excess moisture and thus due to heavy rainfall flowering did not happen another reason is the soaring temperatures post February which has caused the younger fruit to drop off adding to these a cyclone in Gujarat and high transportation costs due to fuel price hike is making the situation worse in summers.
The demand for lemons hits an all-year high this is when the hasta Bahar(season) and Ambe feed the market but the excessive moisture and the sudden soaring temperatures have hit the production farmers and traders say this is one of the rarest years when two consecutive Bahar(season)s have failed.
Going ahead chances are grim for a price correction to happen anytime soon the next crop expected to reach the market will be ready only by October at present some supplies from the Ambe Bahar(season) are cycling the market but with one of the hottest march in 122 years and a prolonged heat wave in north India this supply may not be enough to meet the demand.
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