Bad weather hits mango manufacturing

KARACHI: Country’s in summary mango making is feared to have come down to 1.2 million tonnes this season from 1.8m tonnes a year ago due to extreme rains and also hailstorms that broken mango crop in Sindh by 10 percent and 35pc in Punjab.

Amid a bad crop, stakeholders have installed an export focus on of 100, 000 tonnes for this yr which is the same as 2018. Mango exports will kick off from May 20, 2019. A year ago, Pakistan exported 75,000 tonnes against the goal of 100,000 tonnes. Patron-in-Chief of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable, Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association ( PFVA ) Waheed Ahmed declared, “We are expecting to fetch $80m foreign exchange this season with an anticipated export of 100,000 tonnes.”

To achieve the export goal, it’s imperative that besides amazing season, exporters are extended help and co-operation from delivery and airline businesses, quarantine department, Anti-Narcotic Force, Customs and other relevant business units. With the boost in costs of petroleum items, the price of domestic transport and logistics have also been revised upward, while freight charges have also been increased by airlines and delivery corporations making it further difficult for the exporters to remain competitive in the multinational marketplaces, he declared.

China and the USA, particularly, would be the aim of consideration for an additional export volume during this yr while specific mango promotions campaigns have been planned in EU countries, he added. Export of mango by ocean route holds a 70pc share in total exports while land and air routes enjoy 15pc share every.

The PVFA chief speaks weather alterations have emerged as the largest challenge for agriculture items and horticulture. Around 30pc reduction in mango production in present season reinforces our concern about the serious potential threat of the climatic changes. “So far no clear and well-defined plan has been developed by the govt to safeguard agriculture and horticulture sectors from this severe threat.”

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