Fruit-bearing trees hit by August floods

Fruit-bearing trees hit by August floods

Edathua: The season is on but the jackfruits are nowhere to be seen as the August floods have taken a toll on fruit-bearing trees too. Normally, the trees start to bear jackfruits by November end or in the first week of December.

Though the mango trees have started to flower, the experts are sceptical about a robust mango harvest this time around.

The jackfruits are quite scarce this season as the presence of underground water due to the recent deluge is making the jackfruit trees unproductive. Usually, the trees start to bear fruits when the atmospheric temperature rises.

Kumarakom Agriculture Research Centre scientist Dr Anu G Krishnan said that the climate change had affected every sphere of life.

“The erosion of fertile soil and increase in soil acidity due to the floods is adversely affecting the farming sector,” added Dr Anu.

The mango trees had to flower two months ago but that didn’t happen as there was a nip in the air. Now, the trees have started to flower with the rise in temperature but the flowers would wither away.

The agriculture experts are of the opinion that the current changes would be prevalent for three more years.

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