High winds and the heatwave are damaging mango crops in six districts of Sindh. The affected districts are Mirpurkhas, Tando Allah Yar, Hyderabad, Matiari, Sanghar and Tando Muhammad Khan.
Genuine Delight Farms owner Mahmood Nawaz Shah stated: “A strong wind of 55km/h was recorded by my weather station at our farm, which is causing colossal fruit loss.” According to Shah, winds at the speed of 10 to 12 km/hr are suitable for mango farms. The optimum temperature limit for mango production is 40 degrees centigrade, but beyond this, the fruit starts experiencing stress.
Up to 60 acres of Shah's mango fields have been affected by the sudden changes in weather over the Eid holidays. The Met office had predicted wind and thunderstorms. To make matters worse, Shah said that the province's farms were facing a 70% shortage of water, which may change in the next 15 hours. The water supplies are linked to flows from the barrages and canal distribution.
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