Until recently, farmers in Pakistan’s famed mango-producing district were expecting a bumper harvest of the fruit. However, their dreams of big profits were shattered by an unusual spike in temperatures coupled with water shortages and unexpected windstorms in the months of March and April — factors that could drop the country’s mango production significantly.
Although farmers and exporters have varying estimates, they all agree that the mango production and subsequently exports are likely to be badly hit this year. The South Asian nation is currently facing huge water shortages due to less snowfall and rains. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification last week listed Pakistan among 23 countries facing drought emergencies.