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Agricultural emergency in Pakistan : Mango production goes sour in Punjab

By Our Correspondent
Published: July 5, 2015



Climatic hazard damages crops, prices rise due to shortage. STOCK IMAGE






KARACHI: In what can be described as an unfortunate development, almost 70% mangoes in Punjab have been damaged by climatic hazards, causing shortages of the fruit in the local market. 



Following this shortage, an unusual jump in the prices of mangoes was also observed in different parts of the country.




The damage in Punjab, which produces 65% of the fruit, has also risked export targets this year as the country is unlikely to meet the 0.1-million ton of export target during the current season.



“Pakistan’s horticultural sector has become most vulnerable to global warming and other climatic changes. To effectively deal with the growing situation for horticultural products, the government needs to take steps on an emergency basis,”said Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA) Research and Development Chairman Waheed Ahmed.




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