LAHORE: Progressive Mango Growers Multan (PMGM) President Muhammad Tariq Khan has called upon the government to take effective measures for increasing export of mangoes in order to earn substantial foreign exchange for the country.
After reduced exports during the last three years, some growers and exporters are optimistic to achieve export target of one lakh ton mangoes this year. Tariq Khan, while talking to APP, called for effective communication among growers, exporters and the government, adding that only 64000 tonnes mangoes were exported in 2015 against the 120000 tonnes export in 2013.
He said this was the “lowest export” in last five years. He explained that climatic hazards also had a major role as there was some 40 per cent decline in domestic production. “As the weather is better now as compared to previous year, mango production is expected to be 1.7 million tonnes this year,” he maintained.
He added that it was the responsibility of the government and exporters to plan a vibrant and comprehensive policy to ensure higher exports. He also advised mango growers to maintain quality of the fruit to be able to get proper price in national and international markets.
Exporters have set a target of one lac tonnes export this year with an expected earning of over $ 75 million foreign exchange for the country, he added. He said that exporters should try to tap new markets such as China, Russia, Iran, Belarus and Middle Eastern countries, besides catering to traditional markets.
“We need to focus on research and development for improving quality of fruit as per demand in international markets,” he said. Meanwhile,All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association president Waheed Alam hoped 35000 ton increase in mango exports this year.
Source: Daily Times