AFP to prepare concentrates from apple, tomato and guava.
MULTAN, January 21, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Agro Food Processing (AFP) Plant, commonly called mango pulp plant, would soon be upgraded to
prepare concentrates from apple, tomato and guava in addition to their
pulp, said AFP chairman Ghulam Abbas Raan on Friday. We are going to
import the machinery to install at this plant and prepare concentrates
from fruit, Abbas Raan said while talking to newsmen here on Friday He
said, there was high demand for apple concentrate all over the world and
China and Brazil were exporting it at low price to their clients. A rest
house to provide lodging facility to foreign or domestic buyers at the
plant was also in the process of completion. The farmers would no more
need to invest in marketing their products i.e pulp or concentrates once
the machinery to prepare concentrates is installed and the rest house
building is completed, he added. Built and installed at a cost of Rs 320
million at four acre in Industrial Estate Area (IEM) Multan, the mango
pulp plant had so far produced pulp only from mango on commercial basis,
however, recent attempts to produce pulp from apple, tomato and guava
also yielded successful results. The plant produced 560 ton mango pulp,
80 ton apple pulp, 50 ton tomato pulp and 90 ton guava pulp this year.
Abbas Raan disclosed that talks have been completed with a European firm
Rubicon, besides Nestle, National Foods and Gulf companies regarding
sale of mango pulp to them. AFP chairman said that sheds were also being
built at the pulp plant at a cost of Rs 5 million for mango storage. We
have also asked Punjab Small Industries (PSIC) to provide more land
adjacent to the plant to enhance its storage capacity to 100 truckloads
of mango per day. A sum of Rs 40 million still remained as unutilized
fund from the AFP project and the management has sought approval from
Punjab government to utilize this amount for development of the plant.
He said that at present, the AFP has drums to store the pulp, however,
the management has also sought approval to arrange small tin packs that
will help us in efficient marketing of pulp. He claimed that AFP would
become countrys biggest and most modern pulp and concentrate plant once
its upgradation is completed.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)