Call to appoint inspectors at Peshawar for exporters

June 22, 2015 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture & Agri Produce, Chairman Ahmad Jawad, said on Tuesday that KPK land is extremely fertile for producing quality crops, fruits and vegetables, but it was unfortunate that no proper infrastructure was available there for horticulture exporters.

“Inspite of all there is only one DPP (Department of Plant Protection) official for undertaking quarantine procedure of the produce at Peshawar airport from where around 25 tons of vegetables are exported during off season and 40 tons of vegetables during peak season,” he said while talking to vegetable exporters of KPK.

He said: “We hav already sent a letter last month to the Secretary, Ministry of National Food & Security on the unavailability of DPP staff at Peshawar and we are pursuing this matter. If this issue is not addressed in appropriate time, then we may send another reminder to the ministry.

Jawad made it clear that it is not the justification by the DG DPP that we have shortage of staff. “We must realize the horticulture sector exports contributed in national exchequer and it’s the responsibility of government allied departments to help facilitate them,” he added.

He also demanded of the KPK government to announce Hot Water Treatment plants (HWT) for Peshawar and Charsadda district under PPP mode, so that quarantine requirements for EU may also be addressed effectively.