An industry official said on Monday that Pakistan’s mango exports have exceeded the 100,000 tons mark after eight years, but the volume still accounts for less than 7% of the total production.
Ahmad Jawad, former chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s standing committee on horticulture exports said mango exports are expected to reach around 120,000 tons before the season ends this month.
Last year, mango exports stood at 80,000 tons. The country achieved the 100,000 tons mark in 2011/12. The latest exports did not include unofficial trade with Iran and Afghanistan, he added.
According to an article on thenews.com.pk, Jawad also said mangoes are mostly exported to Middle East, while the Pakistani fruit is consumed by people of south Asian origin in western countries. The industry official said mango exports had been facing drop due to ‘strict’ phytosanitary conditions by European Union on fruit fly problem. The country could not introduce its mangoes in many parts of the western countries. “We need to control pests to improve competitiveness,” he added.