COVID-19 restrictions hit both Pakistan mango exports and domestic market

Early varieties of newly ripened mangoes have started pouring in the markets of Sindh, but producers and traders said they were facing hardships due to export restrictions on sea and air routes. Besides this, restrictions imposed on trained workforce to move from parts of Punjab to mango farms in Sindh has also hit contractors hard, impacting the overall marketing system.

Naveed Hussain, has signed a contract with three mango farms for Rs15 million this year near Deh Narejani, Hyderabad suburbs - one of the hub of mango fruit orchards. He too is afraid of facing losses due to market issues.

“It is obvious that Pakistan may not be able to export this precious product to different countries in the current year because of the imposition of an indefinite lockdown and closure of sea and air routes,” he said.

The only way out seems to be selling mangoes in major cities of Punjab, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, besides supplying in Sindh. But the rates are not lucrative, Hussain said while talking to The News.

Despite the restrictions, mango harvesting season has attracted thousands of labourers from different parts of Sindh. Mango that comes to the market is not fully ripe. Local vendors as always have set up stalls at highways to sell the seasonal fruit to travellers.

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