Weather change threat to mango production

Talhar, Sindh: Due to sudden weather change, particularly strong winds last week, has dampened the chances of a bumper mango crop this year.

‘Mango’– King of fruits is one of the most consumed fruit in the country and is an excellent source of Vitamin A, B, & C, proteins, sugar, fats, fibres and iron. Pakistan is the sixth largest mango producing country after India, China, Mexico, Indonesia and Thailand. Mangoes produced in Sindh are sweet, aromatic, yellow skinned and soft. Sindh produces most varieties of mangoes. Commonly grown varieties of mangoes in Sindh are Sindhri, Saroli, Dasehri, Almas, Langra, Chaunsa, Anwar Ratol, Sunera, Bengan phali, Laal Badshah, Neelam and Desi. About 8085% of the mango production of Sindh is that of Sindhri variety. The shelf life of Sindhri mangoes is longer than other varieties due to its large mass.

District Badin is famous for its mango orchids, producing tasty mango varieties of Sindhri, Chounsa, Langra, Bengan phali and Misri. These mangoes are also exported to other countries, earning precious foreign exchange for the country.

Mango is the second major fruit crop in Pakistan. At present it is grown on an area of 93.42 thousand hectares with production 915.7 thousand tons. The area under mango crop has increased but the rise in production is comparatively slow. As the climate of Sindh gets warmer about one month earlier than the Punjab, it gives Sindh the privilege to grow early varieties of mango. Subsequently, a new trend of growing late varieties in Punjab has received a wide popularity which has extended the market period and added to the exportable surplus.

However, the whole district of Badin remained affected last week with strong winds and dust storms, affecting seriously the blossom of mango trees. Agriculturalists fear that this year the mango crop yield in Badin could be decreased by 40percent, which would not only result in losses to the growers but also high price for mango lovers.

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