In a pickle: Lockdown hits procurement and processing of Midi Maavu 

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Rural labourers have been unable to harvest the tender mango used in pickles 

  • The lockdown has adversely affected procurement and processing at industries that prepare pickle using Midi Maavu, the tender variety of mango in Malnad and coastal districts known for their aroma, brittleness and taste.  
  • Midi Maavu are wild and riverine varieties of mango used for preparation of pickle.   
  • Appe Huli, a thin gravy is another mouth-watering preparation from this tender mango.   
  • The banks of Sharavathi, Netravathi, Aghanashini, Kumudvathi, and Varada rivers are dotted with Midi Maavu trees.   
  • Even, the rural roads in Malnad region are lined by these trees.  
  • Jeerige Appe, Mente Appe, Adderi Jeerige, Anantha Bhattana Appe Midi, Bolwar Kukku, Mundappa are some of the popular varieties.   
  • The nomenclature is based on the taste, size, the thickness of the pulp, the place where they are grown, and some are also named after the breeders.  
  • The admirers of Appe Midi attribute the unique taste and aroma to the river water and the moist soil on its bank.  

Source of income  

  • The landless agriculture labours harvest these tender mangoes and sell them to pickle factories.   
  • It is a source of income for them in summer, off-season for agriculture activities.   
  • This year, the price per kilo was around ₹300.  
  • The mangoes are harvested from March first week to May first week.   
  • Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada districts have more than 100 units that prepare pickles from Midi Maavu.   
  • There was around 85% decline in the procurement in pickle industries also in Malnad and coastal districts this year owing to the lockdown.   
  • All the three main stakeholders — those who bring the produce to the market, the pickle industry owners, and the workers — have suffered loss owing to the lockdown.  
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