2022 heatwave reduced mango production by 50%

Pakistan mango exports affected by climate change

Pakistan Fruit Exports have declined by an alarming 42 percent year-on-year (YoY) in the first 9 months of FY 2022-23 in dollar terms. Although the exports of the fruit have witnessed a 110% increase in volume between 2014 and 2021, its production has been heavily affected due to climate change and elevated temperatures in recent years. For instance, last year’s heatwave reduced mango production by 50% with a 3-8 degree increase in average temperatures in key growing regions.

Pakistan is the world’s sixth-biggest producer and fourth largest exporter of fresh mangoes. But according to the Agriculture Statistics of Pakistan, the nation’s mango production and cultivated area have overall decreased or remained stagnant over the last decade.

2021-22 Production stood at 1.84 million tons, which has though recovered compared to the past years, is still lower than the 2010-11 level of 1.88 million tons.

Source: propakistani.pk

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