Pakistan introduces new 'secret' mango variety

In February, a new mango variety was introduced by experts in the experimental mango area of the Sindh Horticulture Research Institute in Mirpurkhas. The local administration there are, however, reluctant to publicise the release for fear of upsetting big growers and landlords there. The new variety will be available for almost half a year, which could challenge the monopoly of the landlords and large scale growers, who fear financial loss due to an influx of early fruit on the market.
Sources said that the agriculture scientists and researchers in the area had planted a new variety of mango, which was acquired from Australia, and grafted its plants in the experimental mango area of the institute. They aim to harvest mangoes every February from this variety.

It is said that the researchers succeeded in harvesting mango from a few plants in February, but the research results were not officially disclosed.

One of the institute officials, on the promise of anonymity, said that it was a big success to acquire mango in the cold season while only some officers and experts were aware about this success and kept it a secret for fear of political pressure.

When contacted, Sindh Horticulture Research Institute Director Ashraf Ali, refused to give any information about the new variety but admitted the success of agriculture experts and researchers.


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