Pakistan forecasts "substantial decline" in mango production

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Pakistani's Mango Research Institute officials have warned there will be a 30% crop loss in the nation's mango category due to global warming.

Specifically, the change in climate, prolonged winter, late flowering, winds and hailstorms have played a key role in destroying premature mango crops, said The News International.

It added that horticulture experts have noted there will be a "substantial decline" in production in Sindh and Punjab this year.

They attribute this decrease to weather patterns climate change has induced.

Meanwhile, agriculture experts have pointed out that the country could see its industry suffer.

Though the country’s mango was standing after India in taste and production, now Pakistan is facing a years-long decline in mango production.

According to a report, Pakistan was the seventh most vulnerable country to global warming and subsequently climate change.

Considering this, Mango Growers Cooperative Society president Syed Zahid Hussain Gardezi was less conservative in his estimations of how these conditions could affect crops.

He explained that the recent visit to orchards highlighted that mango crop production might drop to 45-50%.

This loss would be due to an increase in production costs in the changing climatic conditions, he indicated.

Moreoever, he said that some growers have already "cut their orchards" in order to grow other crops after facing an increase in mango's production cost.

According to the publication, a mango grower from Jalalpur Pirwala said that winters have been longer for a few years now, impacting yields.

Furthermore, there have been frequent hailstorms and strong winds, which has forced the production of mangoes to drop, he said.

There was water shortage as well, which adversely affected not only mango production but also agriculture as a whole, he added.

Gardezi said that there was an urgent need for research and policy-making to deal with the issue of climate change.

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