By: Iqra Junejo
Mango “The national Fruit of Pakistan” and off-course “King of all the fruits” has arrived in markets of the Pakistan since May 2017. But, unfortunately prices of Mangoes are still very high in many retails markets, and this hike has kept mangoes far away from the access of people having limited financial resources, though this fruit is liked by masses regardless of their ages.
Mango lovers wait for a whole year to enjoy this unique gift of nature which comes in the markets in summers. This probably is one of the few fruits which can be consumed in raw form as well. Besides this, Mangoes have always performed diplomatic duties between India and Pakistan. Pakistan has always sent its tremendous quality mangoes to the world largest mango producing country (India) as diplomatic approach, well known as “Mango Diplomacy.” Exchange of Mangoes as token of love and respect isn’t limited to two neighboring countries only but it takes place everywhere, within the country, family, company, friends and the list goes on and on. Mango Diplomacy in every case has always won the hearts of people.
According to media reports this year a significant drop in annual mango production has been observed due to adverse effects of global warming on mango’s yield. Sindh and Punjab are mango producing provinces in the country. Mango production in both provinces has been damaged by unexpected weather conditions. This damage will not only create hurdles in meeting domestic needs of the country but also export targets set for mangoes.
Last week “52nd National Mango & Summer Fruits Festival 2017” was held in Mirpur khas, District of Sindh. Mirpur khas plays a vital role in providing numerous varieties of mangoes and other horticultural goods annually, but better known for mango production. The aim of the event of was to promote Mango and other summer fruits.
Sindh Horticulture Research Institute. City District Government, Agri -tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan, Farmers, Mango growers of Mirpur khas and other districts, Management community mango festival played a significant role in organizing the successful event at Benazir Exhibition Hall, Mirpur khas.
More than 200 different varieties of mangoes were showcased for the visitors which include Sindhri, Neelam, BeganPahli, Langra, Dilruba and many others. The event was inaugurated by Sindh’s Minister for Agriculture and the conclusion ceremony was attended by Chief Minister of Sindh. The event gathered a large number of visitors. Both leaders stressed the significance and export potential of the Sindh’s Mango.