The first three-day Family Mango Festival and Exhibitio

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The first three-day Family Mango Festival and Exhibition, hosted by Sindh Agriculture University, commenced at the Pakistan Maritime Museum in Karachi.

This festival and exhibition were organized with the collaboration of the Pakistan Maritime Museum, TCN Executive Forum, and various institutions and farms. The festival was inaugurated by Provincial Agriculture Minister Sardar Muhammad Bux Mahar, along with Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor of Begum Nusrat Bhutto Women University Sukkur Dr. Tahmina Mangan, DG Maritime Farooq Azam, and DG Research Noor Muhammad Baloch.

The exhibition featured stalls showcasing mangoes and their by-products from various institutions, including the Institute of Food Sciences and Horticulture Department of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Agriculture Research Sindh, Sub Campus Umerkot, Horticulture Institute Mirpurkhas, MH Panhwar Farms, Palh Farms Tando Allahyar, among others. There were also mango grafting demonstrations, Sindhi cultural stalls, and food stalls.

In his inaugural address, Agriculture Minister Sardar Muhammad Bux Khan Mahar, stated that climate change is impacting mango orchards in Sindh. Efforts are being made to establish modern research centers for mango production in Sindh. Additionally, they plan to introduce new varieties of mangoes to other countries to increase the global export of Sindh’s mangoes. He urged the Sindh Agriculture University to also train the youth of Ghotki and establish a center there.

Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri said that the purpose of this festival and exhibition is to highlight the potential business opportunities in agriculture and the agricultural industry in Sindh and Pakistan, to encourage a greater inclination towards agricultural education, and to foster connections between urban investors and agriculture.

He Said next year, a larger mango show will be organized in Karachi in collaboration with the Sindh government and Maritime Museum, the SAU is also researching making powder from second-grade mangoes and other by-products of mangoes.

DG Pakistan Maritime Museum Captain Farooq Azam expressed his gratitude to the minister for attending the mango festival. He said he was pleased to hold the festival and announced plans to organize a date festival in collaboration with the Sindh government on August 14 this year. He said that Sindhri mangoes are highly popular in the USA and other countries, and there is a need to increase the export of Sindh’s mangoes.

The event was attended by Agriculture Secretary Rafiq Ahmed Buriro, Secretary of Universities Sindh Abbas Baloch, Chairman Sindh Higher Education Commission SM Tariq Rafi, former minister Muhammad Nauman Sehgal, former VC Dr. AQ Mughal, TDAP DG Abdul Karim, agricultural leader Dr. Zulfiqar Yousfani, Nabi Bux Satiu, Ghulam Sarwar Panhwar, Dr. Wali Muhammad Baloch, Dr. Mujahid Leghari, Dr. Abdul Mubeen Lodhi, Shehryar Ahmed, and others. The festival saw a large turnout of families, with musical and cultural programs held late into the night.

Earlier, Rear Admiral Muhammad Saleem visited the mango festival and exhibition, showing deep interest in the displays. He emphasized the importance of promoting such activities and preparing products according to value chain and export standards. He also discussed various bilateral interests with Vice Chancellor Dr. Fateh Marri.