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Pakistan gears up for mango exports

With the mango season only a few months away, Pakistan is working towards maximising its exports to the European market, aiming to increase the number by more than 40% over the previous year.

Chairman, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry's (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and Agri Produce, Ahmad Jawad, has said that the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) must begin preparation for the export of mangos to the European Union. While speaking to Bruno Valanzuolo, Chief Technical Adviser of UNIDO TRTA-II programme, he said that this year the situation would be more competitive, as the EU had allowed import of Indian mangos after visiting their facilities

A senior official at the Ministry of National Food Security and Research said arrangements have been made to meet the target. “We’ve made the arrangements for exporting 120,000 tons this year compared to the previous year when we exported 90,714 tons,” said the official.

This year, Pakistan will face strict competition from India, one of the world’s largest mango exporters, in tapping the European market. This comes after the EU lifted the import ban on Indian mangoes in January this year.

"We are facing a very tough situation, as there is a threat of losing the EU market," he said adding that although 234 Pakistani mango consignments were rejected last year by different European countries, the situation was graver in 2014, as the EU had banned Indian mangoes and a few vegetables in April because of fruit fly infestation and a set of stricter requirements for Pakistan. 

Speaking on the occasion, Bruno and said it was time to streamline all the required conditions. "As time is running out, the government must implement all the protocols as required by DG SANCO," he added. "Pakistan needs more HWT plants and the exporters also require more inspection departments. We are optimistic that the DPP is doing its efforts and this year would produce better results in terms of mango exports,' he added. 

During 2014, the total mango export of Pakistan was recorded at 90,714 tons after clocking in at 61,484 during 2013. “We have established a number of hot water treatment facilities for mangoes to ensure pest-free export to our clients,” said the official.

The official said that in 2013, there were 238 consignments that did not meet EU’s quality standards before the number dropped to just two in 2014.

Source: tribune.com.pk/brecorder.com

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