After a difficult 2022 season, due to the heat wave and water shortages, a good quality mango crop is expected in Pakistan this year, which should see lower prices in its export markets, such as the UAE. Mango exports from Pakistan started on 20 May, in accordance with the government’s strictly timed export policy.
Speaking to Khaleej Times, Mustafa Altaf, managing director of UAE-based importer Altaf Hussain Trading Co, said: “The crop this year looks quite decent. Production in Punjab has been good, although some parts of Sindh have had frequent leafhopper attacks that have caused some damage.”
Pakistan’s mango varieties include Sindhri, Almas and Dusehri. Indian mangoes are already on the UAE market, so strong production should bring prices down, partly as a result of the devaluation of the rupee. “The additional benefit is that the rupee has dropped drastically against the UAE dirham in the past year and this also makes imports from Pakistan cheaper,” said Altaf.