KARACHI: Pakistan’s Meteorological Department has estimated the possibility of dusty winds in Karachi as the minimum temperature fell to 09º Celsius on Saturday, ARY News reported.
The Met Office said that the current wind speed was measured at 12 kilometers per hour.
Currently a northeast wind is blowing on the city, which can become southwest with a change in wind direction. The maximum temperature in the city can increase during the day to 26 degrees Celsius, according to weather reports.
Cold and dry weather is likely in most parts of the country. while it was very cold over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.
Severe cold waves continued in the northern districts of Balochistan including Quetta and Kalat, where mercury fell to minus-5 degrees Celsius, while mercury fell to minus six in Ziarat.
Minimum Temperature: Mercury drops to minus-12 in Astore, minus-10 in Skardu, minus-09 in Kalam and minus-04 in Malamjabba.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen mango season so bad,” said farmer Andrew Dalglish, who farms near Katherine in the Northern Territory.
“We have a block that is down 95 percent last season.
“I think it was the culmination of things that created this result and it probably came from the previous year, when we had a fair harvest, but there is basically no rainy season and the only reprieve is around Easter when we have a few weeks of weather. cold and a little rain.
“But before, the trees were just in survival mode, and then we got a strong wind after flowering and the wind was like sandpaper.
Mr Dalglish said overall yields on his farm were down 80 percent and that although prices were strong, it was not enough to offset the tonnage drop.
“As the breeders said, the rate of beating was heavy… and the weight was not there this year.”
The Katherine Territory in the Northern Territory produced about 1.2 million trays this season, compared to 2.3 million trays in 2019.
And Ord Valley in WA has almost fallen off the mango map, with only 36,000 trays produced this season compared to 320,000 trays in 2019.
Exports are suffering
Michael Simonetta, CEO of Perfection Fresh which owns and sells the Calypso mango variety, says it’s been a tough season for many in the supply chain.
“When volume drops that much this year, rising dollar sales won’t make up for what you missed in volume,” he said.
Mr Simonetta said, in December, his company was short of 50 tonnes of mango, which will be exported to markets such as South Korea and China.
“First and foremost, we are satisfying the Australian market, but we are growing a lot more [mangoes] in Australia then we need to serve the domestic market so, as a result, we need to export … it is very important to have a consistent volume every year to meet that [overseas] Request.
“In the next few years, we want to export up to 25 percent of the total crop.”
Mr Simonetta said lower volumes had resulted in the retail price of mangoes increasing “slightly”.
“But they are still very affordable for everyday households which is the key,” he said.
The CEO of the Australian Mango Industry Association, Robert Gray, said most of the country’s mango-growing regions had been battling the heat and winds this season.
However, forever remaining optimistic, Mr. Gray feels the 2020-21 smaller harvest may have some benefits.
“Maybe it’s a good year to be a little sad [with our yields], with a labor shortage and COVID-19 pressure on us, “he said.
One area that appears to have bucked this trend is Central Queensland, with a number of farmers reporting higher yields last season.
Some varieties appear to have better yields than others too, with Pinata Farms reporting good yields from Honey Gold mango farms.
“We are probably one of the lucky ones, I think,” said Piñata’s Stephen Scurr.
“At Katherine, we’re probably doubling what we harvested last year and it’s a good year to have more volume because there isn’t much.
The mango harvest has ended in the Northern Territory, but picking will continue for a few more weeks in parts of Queensland and Western Australia.