Pakistan and China will boost their respective mango industries through talent exchanges, joint project research and constructing demonstration zones. Ni Zhangguang, a mango expert at the Tropical and Subtropical Economic Crops Research Institute at the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences stated that combining Pakistan’s rich mango resources with China’s cultivation and integrated pest control technology should create a top-class mango product.
“One of the advantages of Pakistani mangoes is their long harvest period from May to September. There are relatively low mango supplies in the Chinese market from the end of April to the beginning of June,” he said, adding: “If Pakistan mango exporters grasp the opportunity during this period, profits can be large. The consumption capacity in China is very high.”
Ni Zhangguang and his team have been to Pakistan once for the research of mango breeding. “The potential of Pakistan mangoes is huge”, he said adding Pakistan is rich in natural resources and has suitable climatic conditions for mango planting. Pakistan also has wide mango varieties. When we were there, Pakistan friends gave us seeds of Sindhri and Chaunsa for trial planting in Yunnan. They are now beginning to blossom and bear fruits.”