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Pakistan: Smaller mandarin sizes cause problems for exportersDecreased rainfall in Pakistan in 2017, has caused this season´s mandarin sizes to be much smaller than usual. Approximately 70% of the crop has been affected, reports Muhammad Sadiq, CEO of Arif Fruits.
"The sizes most available in a 10kg box are 70, 80, 90 and 100, with less availability for 54 and 60 sizes, and a short supply of 42 and 48 sizes. This has caused some difficulties because most Asian and Middle Eastern countries want at least 54 and 60, with a preference for 42 and 48," explained Mr. Sadiq.
The situation is causing difficulties for Pakistani exporters across the board for the 2018 season. This time of year is usually a very profitable one with the Chinese New Year, however, the Asian markets want the larger sizes because giving mandarins oranges during the holiday is seen as a show of status. However, the shortage of availability of Chinese supply has eased the pressure a bit, after short rainfalls caused their citrus to be a smaller caliber as well.
"Despite the problem with sizes, the crop is healthy and of good quality, with no skin defects." assured Sadiq.
The peak season for kinnow mandarins in Pakistan lasts from the 20th of December through to the 15th of February.
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