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PAKISTAN 2016 : Mango production drops by 20%

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8 HOURS AGO BY MONITORING REPORT






A below average production of mango is expected to lead to a 20 per cent loss in the new season due to weather change.

A relatively cooler temperature and dusty winds in March led to fruit shedding in Sindh and South Punjab.

The loss in fruit production is likely to accelerate up to 35 per cent in Sindh and 15 per cent in Punjab.




“Historically, Punjab produces 1.3 million tonnes of mango,” says an official of the Agriculture Department. This year, the figure might drop to anywhere between 1m tonnes and 1.1m tonnes.



Reports from Sindh suggest that out of total production of over 400,000 tonnes, it might come down to 300,000 tonnes.




Exporter Saadat Ijaz Qureshi claimed that whatever the local production figure might be, the exports would remain unaffected.



The exporters say that the loss would not hit the exports. This year, the exports might increase to some extent, especially to the Gulf region, because of the holy month of Ramadan falling right in th…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST






Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.


However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.



Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.


Inaugurating a two-day Vasanthotsava organized by Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Corporation at P…

Conversation: The Sykes-Picot Agreement, 100 Years Later

Published on May 16, 2016
Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis Reva Goujon and Middle East Analyst Emily Hawthorne discuss how the boundaries set by the century-old treaty are only one reason among many for the region's challenges.




For more analysis, visit: http://www.Stratfor.com






What if the Middle East's borders were redrawn?









Published on May 16, 2016

It's been one hundred years since the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the secret deal between a British and a French diplomat during WWI that designed the modern borders of the Middle East. 
Many people argue that these imperialist borders are the cause of the Middle East's troubles and call for new state lines. 

AEI Resident Scholar Michael Rubin explores how new borders could be drawn and whether or not they would solve any of the problems of the modern Middle East.