LAHORE: Pakistan Kissan Ittehad President Khalid Khokhar told Dawn on Saturday the ongoing thunderstorms might hit the mango production, which had already been affected by higher average temperatures in March, April and May than the last summer. Pakistan’s last year mango production was reported to be 1.7 million tons.
He said the rains would not affect the cotton crop cultivated on 25 to 30 per cent (pc) more land than the last year. “If the rains continue, the cotton crop, which is very strong now, is likely to be in danger,” he added.
Punjab is a major producer and exporter of mango varieties - Sindhri, seasonal Chaunsa (formerly known as Samar Behisht/fruit of the heaven) and white Chaunsa (late variety).
Mr Khokhar said the mango exports would also come down due to the weather factor. “It looks that the prevailing weather situation may not allow Pakistan to export mango this year, as the yield has already reduced to 50pc on an average. This may decrease more due to thunderstorms. Moreover, farmers are worried about the cost,” he said.