Pakistan has already surpassed its mango export target by 45,000 tons this season. The All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) states that the country has exported 125,000 tons of mangoes so far this season, worth US$72 million. The original target had been revised downwards in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Profit.pakistantoday.com.pk reports PFVA Patron-in-Chief, Waheed Ahmed, as saying: “The target was achieved after PFVA adopted an aggressive strategy coupled with timely decisions taken by the federal government. In the next 45 days, an additional mango export of 25,000 tons is expected.”
Afghanistan (46,276 tons) has emerged as Pakistan’s top mango export destination for the current season, while the UAE (33,000 tons), Iran (18,000 tons) and Oman (11,500 tons) also remain prominent international markets.
A consignment of Pakistan’s mangos has been rejected after UK customs authorities detected fruit flies. A shipment of 1,300 kilograms of mangos is now in UK’s quarantine department and is the third consignment from Pakistan to be rejected this season, which ends in September 2018. The UK’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP) immediately suspended the license of the mango exporter and imposed sanctions on its hot-water treatment plant. Meanwhile, Waheed Ahmad, vice-president of the FPCCI and a leading mango exporter, said that the DPP should have conducted inquiries and before taking such action. Ahmad called the act unjustified as it was revealed that the fruit flies were dead and the mangos had undergone appropriate hot-water treatment. A complaint has been lodged with the UK authorities since no inquiries have been carried out with regard to the two previously rejected consignments.