A delay in the approval of six additional hot water treatment facilities (HWTPs) by the Department of Plant Protection has hit the export potential of Pakistani mangoes to Iran. This is according to a statement by the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) on Monday.
PVFA Chairman Abdul Malik said - in a message that was addressed to the Minister for National Food Security & Research, Syed Fakhr Imam - that deliberate delays and biased approach of the DPP favouring some HWTPs was hurting mango exports.
“Iran is a promising international market for the export of Pakistani mangoes. In 2019, Pakistan earned foreign exchange of $21 million by sending 30,000 metric tonnes of mangoes to Iran. By reducing the cost of production, Pakistan could increase the volume of export by at least thirty per cent,” the message said.
All mangoes exported to Iran have to pass through the hot water treatment process to meet phyto-sanitary requirements.
The PVFA alleged that the DPP — which falls under the Ministry of National Food Security and Research — is favouring ‘approved’ HWTPs in Sindh which are taking full ‘financial advantage’ of the situation, while keeping the six proposed facilities inoperative.