Do mango trees in bloom drop a clue on drought?

Do mango trees in bloom drop a clue on drought?
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Nature provides us with various signs that give indications about future events. For instance, when the sky becomes overcast and birds fly to their nests, everyone realizes that it would rain soon. There are several such clues in the surroundings that can be studied to foretell upcoming incidents.

People of earlier generations in Kerala had noticed that when the bamboos blossom, a drought would be witnessed in the area the following year. Similarly, if the golden shower tree (konna) blooms in February instead of April, it indicates that the hot season has set in and that the mercury would shoot up during the following months.

People in Tamil Nadu also follow such beliefs. According to them, if a bumper crop of mango is harvested, a drought would hit the area during the coming year leading to poverty and hunger.

However, according to Tamil Nadu natives, if it is tamarind that produces a good yield, prosperity will prevail in the land during the following year.

It could be inferred that this knowledge was acquired by the residents of the neighbouring state based on years of experience as both mango as well as tamarind grow abundantly there.

At present, mango blossoms have appeared all over Kerala. It is certain that a bumper mango harvest awaits farmers in the state. But one also wonders whether the blooms are not a sign of a severe drought and crop loss during next year.

Such premises have no scientific basis, but the people can pray for a normal rainfall and a regular harvest.

Author’s contact details: Dr P B Rajesh, Rama Nivas, Poovathum Parambil, Near ESI Dispensary, Eloor East, Udyogamandal PO, Ernakulam – 683501.

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