Karachi (Agencies): Mango production may decreased by 35 percent due to acute shortage of water, global warming and small size of the fruit.

According to experts, due to acute shortage of water, mango orchards in Sindh — particularly in Hyderabad, Tando Allah Yar, Mirpurkhas districts — would be severely affected. The same goes for Punjab where overall mango production is anticipated to be less by 30-50pc in Muzaffargarh, Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Shujabad districts.

Along with low production , the smaller size of Pakistani mangoes is also a cause of great concern for exporters, Patron-in-chief All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) said.

Due to increased demand and short supply this year, the wholesale price of mango is expected to increase from Rs2,400 to Rs3,000 per 40 kg.