Sunday, June 29, 2014 – Karachi—The agriculture experts, scientists, academia, researchers and farmers have expressed grave concerns over decrease in the area of mango cultivation across Sindh due to diseases, lack of orchard management practices, shortage of water and attack of fruit fly insect on the mangoes. They expressed these views while speaking on the occasion of “Conceptual Workshop on Pre and Post-Harvest Management Interventions” organized by Australia-Pakistan Agriculture Linkages Program (ASLP) in collaboration with Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam.
Certificate award ceremony was held at Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam. Addressing the ceremony, Professor Dr. Mujeebuddin Memon Sahrai said that Sindh produce 80% of Sindhri mango variety and Sindhri mango variety is popular in UK, USA, Australia and Canada and other developed countries. Mango industry can support the farmers to improve their orchard, through management practice to produce quality fruit and to export to UK, USA, Australia and Canada and other developed countries.
He further added that mango is second most cultivated Fruit in Pakistan after citrus, but mango yields in Pakistan are quite low, the gap between potential and actual yields is very wide. This yield gap is the result of poor management practices and post-harvest losses. It is the need of the time the mango growers should follow the best management practices to improve their orchards through floor management, canopy management, and effective use of fertilizer, sprays, and timely irrigation. Prior exporting the sindhri mango to foreign countries farmers should follow the recommended Post-harvest practices to export sindhri mango prior to export and can improve their livelihood.
Director General Agriculture Research Sindh Dr. Atta Hussain Soomro said that the mangoes from the neighboring country India mangoes have been banned due to insect and diseases for export to the developed countries. He further worried that sword is still hanging on Sindh Mango Farmers to protect their Mango from fruit fly and to improve quality fruits through pre and post harvest management interventions for export quality. He added that farmers should understand the supply chain management practices. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Faisal Sohail Fatah, National Coordinator, ASLP mango product unit said that through this linkages program the ASLP Phase-I was initiated in 2007 to 2010 and research was conducted through the research findings of the project.
The second phase of ASLP was stated in 2011 and purpose of the second phase of ASLP to improve the capacity of the mango farmers through pre and post-harvest practices to improve orchard management and produce quality fruit. He said that through two days training of mango farmers developed their skills in canopy management, irrigation management and disease management. He expected that the train farmers will transfer the technology to the other farmers. Prof. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director University Advancement and Financial Assistance and Training Coordinator said that Mango is the King of fruits and is one the most consumed fruit in country and excellent source of Vitamin A, B and C, proteins, sugar, fat, fibre and iron and many byproducts are prepared like Jam, Jelly, Pickles, slice, chatni, juice, squash and murba.
He said that 20 mango farmers of TandoAllahyar, Kotri, Mirpurkhas, Tando Muhammad Khan and Hyderabad districts have developed their knowledge in integrated mango orchard management and he hoped that the this training will more beneficial for the farmers to produce quality fruits and earn income for their better livelihood.—INP