Pakistan: Bad weather hits mango production

Pakistan’s overall mango production is feared to have come dropped to 1.2 million tons this year from 1.8 mln tons last year owing to heavy rains and hailstorms that damaged mango crops in Sindh by 10% and by 35% in Punjab.

Despite this bad crop, stakeholders have fixed a export target of 100,000 tons for this year which is the same as 2018. Mango exports will kick off from May 20, 2019. Last year, Pakistan exported 75,000 tons against the target of 100,000 tons.

Patron-in-Chief of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable, Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) Waheed Ahmed: “We are expecting to fetch $80 million in foreign exchange this year with an anticipated export of 100,000 tons.”

To achieve the export target, it’s imperative that besides favourable season, exporters are extended support and co-operation from shipping and airline companies, quarantine department, Anti-Narcotic Force, Customs and other related departments.

The PVFA chief says climate changes have emerged as the biggest challenge for agriculture products and horticulture. An almost 30% reduction in mango production in current season reinforces our concern about serious potential threat of the climatic changes. “So far no clear and well defined policy has been developed by the government to safeguard agriculture and horticulture sectors from this severe threat.”

Source: dawn.com


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