A scientific modification by a mango expert at a private agriculture farm in Sindh’s Tando Allahyar has given birth to three varieties of sugar free mangoes. They have been named Sonaro, Glenn and Keitt respectively and are available in local markets.
The research on these scientifically modified mangoes was conducted for five years at the The M H Panhwar farms. Diabetic patients can now heave a sigh of relief and enjoy the ‘King of Fruits’ without thinking twice as these sugar free mangoes only contain 4 to 6 per cent of sugar.
M H Panhwar’s nephew and a mango expert, Ghulam Sarwar, revealed that the former had been an expert in organic farming and had published a wide range of research articles and manuals on fruits.
“The Government of Pakistan had conferred Sitara-e-Imtiaz on Mr Panhwar for his research related to fruits including mangoes and banana. After his death, I continued his work and carried out modification after importing different genres of mangoes [from foreign countries] to test its growth in this atmosphere and soil”, Ghulam Sarwar said while talking to Ary News about his uncle.
“This project is being run on a personal basis and we are not taking any assistance from the government departments. I just want to introduce these varieties on the national and international level. We think about national interests but not [using this project] for gaining profits for us.”
“There are 44 mango qualitative varieties are available on our 300-acre farm including late, mid and early varieties”, said Ghulam Sarwar.
According to M H Panhwar’s official website, M. H. Panhwar established an agriculture farm on 110 Acres as a horticulture farm near Tando Jam in 1964. The ultimate aim of this farm was to promote the horticulture fruits in Sindh and Pakistan in order to meet the national and international agriculture market.
Later on, this was converted into a research farm for introducing new fruit crops suiting climate of Sindh, in 1985 and has developed many new varieties of fruit crops, which includes Mangoes, Lychee and many others which are rare in Pakistan.