Australians to help boost Pakistani mango exports

STAFF REPORT KHI: Australians have expressed their countrys commitment to continue supporting the agriculture in Sindh especially in three sectors including Mango, Citrus and Dairy under the ASLP, Agri Sector Linkage Programme.

The consultants of Australian Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture Peter Hofman and Peter Johnson have recently held a meeting with Rabiya Javeri Agha, Secretary Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP), along with Mahmood Nawaz Shah, Director, Sindh Mango Growers Association.

They apprised the Secretary, TDAP that they are working on behalf of Australia and helping the government of Sindh in these sectors.

The Consultants also informed that the test shipment of Mango of Sindh was made under the programme using controlled atmosphere technology, to UK to the Tesco Retail Company in 6 containers, which took almost 30 days from the picking/ shipping to the retail level, leaving 7 clear days to the retailer to market the product – whereas in normal, regular by air shipment, the retailer has only 24 to 48 hours before the product perishes.

It was also informed that UK buyers plan to visit the mango growers in coming January in order to finalize arrangements for mango shipments to United Kingdom in the forthcoming season in Pakistan.

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