Mango Research Institute, Multan was established during the year 2011-12 to address crop production and fruit harvesting issues. This institute was established to work with allied sections under one umbrella for the betterment of mango industry in the country.
This institute comprises of following sections Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Nutrition and Postharvest, working under the leadership of Principal Scientist-Horticulture, Mango Research Institute Multan. It is pertinent to mention here that before the establishment of this institute at Multan, Mango Research Station Shujabad has been working at Shujabad since 1976. Now Mango Research Station Shujabad is working under the administrative control of this institute.
Introducing the improved varieties, increasing water and nutrient use efficiency and developing practices to produce safe and healthy fruits.
- Introduction of new mango varieties (Early, Mid and Late) through research and development to expand the market window
- Transfer of standardized technology to the Farmers, exporters, extension workers, nursery men, and other stake holders.
- Evaluation and establishment of germplasm unit for conservation and distribution of bud wood to the stake holders.
- Evaluation of homogeneous rootstock (Polyembryonic) for mango industry of the country, useful against different abiotic stresses.
- Screening of stable media ingredients in suitable combination to optimize the nutritional and irrigation requirements for the production of clean & healthy potted Mango nursery plants.
- Production of true to type clean & healthy potted Mango nursery plant and sale to the farmer on subsides rate.
- Evaluation of appropriate planting geometry for “small tree system" in Mango.
- To evaluate commercially viable pre and postharvest technologies for delivering quality produce in domestic and export markets
Plant Pathology Section
- To find out Integrated management strategies for mango diseases
- To assess new diseases in mango region
- To conduct lab analysis of unusual diseased samples
- To find out the impact of Environmental variables on the incidence of mango diseases
- To create awareness among mango growers about IDM
- Insect pest management with minimum use of chemicals/insecticides
- Identification of new emerging insect pest of mango
- Monitoring the insect pest population on new promising mango strains
- Development of insect pest management strategies keeping in view the social, ecological and economic consequences.
- Identification of biological controlling agents against different insect’s pests.
- To standardize technology for fruit harvesting, post-harvest handling, packing, storage and enhancement in shelf life for its shipment to distant markets of the world.
Plant Nutrition Section
- To work out nutrient response and formulate economic fertilizers recommendation via adapting integrated plant nutrition system
- To find appropriate time and method of fertilizer application
- To correlate mango response with soil test value of different nutrients
- To develop technology for ameliorate of salinity and sodicity minus by the use of amendments.
- To determine the plant growth regulators on mango growth and yield