STAFF REPORT IBD: Mango exports to Australia will likely to remain a distant dream as the relevant ministries and public sector departments have not yet addressed the reservations shown by the Australian audit team about the process of the proposed mango export to Australia even after the lapse of over six months.

According to experts, this delay will likely to result in losing a lucrative market for the countrys mango in coming season.

The government said that in response to some reservations of the Australian Audit Team of Biosecurity-DAFF, the Plant Protection Department (DPP) has formulated a draft document of MoU to be signed between DPP and Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) and separate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for registration of orchards, treatment facilities and Pack Houses.

However, despite the claims of DPP and a positive report forwarded by an Australian inspection team the required documentations is yet to be completed on the part of Pakistan.

A large number of Pakistanis living in Australia could also be mango consumers. As the same product from India has not been welcomed in Australian market, Pakistani mango could get good share in the foreign valued market.

“The process of documentation should be speedily completed as Australia is considered 3rd largest/lucrative market for the countrys fruit after US and Japan,” said Waheed Ahmed Chairman PFVA.

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