FPCCI seeks raise in mango export to US

June 7, 2015 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture & Agri Produce’s Chairman Ahmad Jawad said here on Monday that commercial export of mangoes to the US should be increased, the world’s biggest and most lucrative market for mangoes.

This was stated by him while speaking with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Counselor David J Williams. Jawad said that Pakistani mangoes got approved in 2010 and we were thankful to the US government and USDA team that long awaited demand was materialized, but yet appropriate volume couldn’t be shipped to the US which was unfortunate.

He explained due to non-approval of local irridation facility despite the fact we have here in Lahore, unviable packing requirements would be a main hurdle which increased the cost of the shipment.

He requested the USDA to approve local irradiation units or increase the irradiation plants in the main cities of the US and revisit the packing requirements for Pakistani mangoes, so that volumes may increase. He also floated the idea for the process through Hot Water Treatment (HWT) plant locally for US, as HWT process had also been approved by the Australian Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery (DAFF) for our mangoes to Australia.

David Williams welcomed the FPCCI proposal and said: “We would look into it, that what extent we may facilitate the Pakistani exporters.”

Similarly, Vice Chairman FPCCI on Horticulture Akram Khalid also mentioned that Pakistan had a lot a potential in the sector of fresh and dried dates. “We have produced more than 250 varieties. Pakistan dates have potential to compete the Israel and Mexican dates which is available in the US market in a good volumes. It’s time that APHIS and USDA also consider it.”

Jawad urged it’s high time the US and Pakistan bilateral trade must increase, as both governments have excellent relations in security.