...that's how some of our indian mangoes have been feeling of
late. When it comes to climate change, the majority of
conversations still use words like 'when' - when it happens, when
the temperature rises, when the seas rise etc. Of course the
reality is that our climate is already changing, and more so in
some regions than others at this point in time. The Western Gatts
of India is one of those regions, and that is where some of our
delicious alphonso mangoes come from.
When our indian farmers started talking to us about the
problems, we decided it was important to make sure we did our bit
to help cool the mangoes down, and keep the farmers in the mango
business. Fast forward through many many conversations, and we had
a set of recommendations from a local agricultural institute, a
consultant and 18 farmers working with our supplier, ready to trial
some new techniques in the world of mango growing.
We have just received the first report from the project, and
despite only being able to implement 2 of the 5 techniques this
season we have seen some great results. Farmers participating in
the trial were able to use less agrochemicals on the trees and
still managed to have a lower incidence of pest and disease attack
than a standard farm (saving them lots of money as well as
protecting the environment). Plus, the trial farms also found that
they had a higher yield of mangoes per tree.
Next season we will be implementing all 5 of the
recommendations, and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we get
even better results. Needless to say the farmers participating in
the project are pretty happy that they can still produce great
mango in a changing climate (and save some cash at the same time),
and we are thrilled that we still get great tasting mango and have
managed to help out in tackling this challenge.
A big thanks to our suppliers, and everyone involved in the
project so far. I'm off to grab a mango passionfruit smoothie to