Quarantine regulators from six different countries will be visiting Pakistan to assess the fresh edible export supply-chain, which could lead to increased exports of fruits and vegetables. The regulators from Mexico, the Philippines, Australia, China, Russia and Egypt are scheduled to visit Pakistan’s fruits and vegetables sectors, as the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) pushes its export promotion efforts to catering to the changing reality of trade and economics in the world and the societal change the world has gone through due to the pandemic.
Waheed Ahmed, chairman of the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Importers Association: “These regulators visit supplies countries to assess the quality and processing of importable edible goods such as meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables. [The] importing countries are concerned of insects and diseases, which imported goods could bring and threaten their agriculture ecosystem. Therefore, their regulators visit exporting countries, which leads to opening of export markets.”
“Promoting the export of diverse products, such as canned fruits and jams, could make up for the loss of fresh fruit when proper transport and storage are not available, adds value to the raw product, reduces food losses and might be a valuable new source of foreign exchange,” United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) noted in a recent report.