Pakistan eyeing Netherlands for kinnowJune 16, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee Chairman on Horticulture & Agriculture Produce, Ahmad Jawad said on Wednesday that Pakistan wants to be a hub of Kinnow and other fruits in Netherlands as a gateway for EU.
Speaking with Rick Slettenhaar, Head of Economic Affairs, Embassy of the Netherlands, Jawad said Netherlands had an exceptionally large share of the world trade in horticultural products in which Pakistan seeks maximum benefit out of it regarding our fresh fruits which are famous due to our exotic taste and quality.
He mentioned Pakistan is the 13th largest producer of Kinnow which produces annually more than two million tons, similarly Pakistan produces 1.8 million tons of mangoes and sixth largest producer of dates with more than 250 varieties.
It is time International business community must see Pakistan as a potential of an exotic producing hub, Jawad said. We have the potential to deliver as Pakistan could earn billions of dollars through exporting fruits, vegetables and meats to foreign countries via Netherlands.
Rick Slettenhaar appreciated the efforts of FPCCI and said we give maximum support to increase the bilateral trade between two countries particularly in fresh fruits. Indeed Pakistan has a unique taste in their fresh produce sector.
Jawad suggested that Economic section of the embassy may close liaison with Dutch buyers to promote B2B interaction for the effective execution. In this regard FPCCI may extend full support. We are also looking forward to be part of orange festival of Netherlands through Pakistani kinnow’s to promote our positive image; he added.