Bad News for Pakistanis: Mango production cut down by 50% due to intense heat

This news came after the crop was hit severely by water shortages and high temperatures. 

Bad News for Pakistanis: Mango production cut down by 50% due to intense heat

Bad news for Pakistanis, as the chief of a growers’ and exporters’ association said that Pakistan’s mango production could be cut down by half. This news came after the crop was hit severely by water shortages and high temperatures.

The country has experienced an extreme heatwave, as the temperature in the south crossed the 50 degree Celsius mark. According to the Climate Change Ministry, Pakistan jumped from winter to summer without experiencing Spring.

Scientists have issued a warning that more than one billion people are at a risk of the effects of heat in the region, linking the early arrival of such an intense summer to climate change.

Decline in mango production

Head of the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association, Waheed Ahmed, said that the heatwave has impacted the crop greatly.

”The heatwave has affected it greatly because the temperature in March was 28.29 degrees Celsius, but all of a sudden it hit 42,” he said. Waheed added that the heat at the time of flowering of mango trees had an adverse affect of production, due to which Pakistan will encounter a 50% drop in production.

Although heat ripens the king of fruits, the untimely and unanticipated rise in temperature, along with water shortage, has affected the crop negatively. Grower and contractor in Tando Allah Yar, Gul Hassan said that when the unripened fruit is ready, it requires water that helps the mango grow. However, there is no water in Sindh and the province is experiencing scarcity.

Ahmed said that Pakistan is the fifth largest producer of mango after India, China, Thailand and Indonesia. Its average production is around 1.8 million tonnes, but the number is likely to be half this year. This means that the export target of the association will be cut down bby 25,000 tonnes compared with last year’s 125,000.

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