ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) is conducting capacity building programmes for growers, processors, pack-houses and exporters on international compliances to ensure quality and enhance exports of fruits.
The growers and other concerned were only imparted training but also awared about international certification and new marketing trends.
Listing the measures, being adopted to increase export of horticultural products, sources at Commerce Division on Sunday said PHDEC also supported the industry to obtain international certifications like BRC, Global GAP, HACCP & ISO 22000.
It also identified and accessed high-end new markets like South Korea, Australia, Lebanon, USA, Mauritius, Bulgaria, Sweden, Latvia and Ireland and made successful sea freighted shipments of mangoes to European destinations.
The sources said it completed supply chain improvement projects like Pakistan Horti-Fresh, Karachi, Irradiation Facility, Lahore and Apple Grading Plant, Quetta.
With regard to other steps, the sources said Ministry of Commerce under Strategic Trade Policy Framework 2012-15 has announced subsidizing 50 % cost of plant and machinery for dates processing.
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is undertaking various export promotional activities through trade exhibitions and delegations of food items. Drawback of local taxes at rate of 2-4 % of FOB-realized value of enhanced exports has also been announced.
They said through active trade diplomacy, the government was trying to get better market access for local businesses in international markets by concluding Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) with different countries.
A Citrus Development Board is also being formed for development of citrus sector while Prime Minister has approved in principle establishment of dry port at Sargodha to enhance export of kinos alongwith other products.
Source: The Nation