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China eyes Gilgit-Baltistan for cherry imports.

BEIJING -- China has stepped up its efforts to explore Pakistan's northern region, as it mulls importing the country's popular fruits. A delegation of Chinese quarantine experts and government officials recently visited the picturesque Gilgit-Baltistan region - home to cherry orchards - in Pakistan. They checked the farm-to-market quality of Pakistani cherry and, according to Pakistani officials, the visitors returned home satisfied. There is a possibility that China would soon start the import of cherries from Pakistan.

A group of journalists, including those from Economic Daily - China Economic Net (CEN), went to a cherry orchard in the Gilgit- Baltistan region and talked with officials, growers and exporters for the fruit's export to China. They held a meeting with Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman and inquired from him the potential and opportunity for promoting trade and economic ties between China and GB. Currently, China imports a bulk of its cherry from South American countries to meet the growing demand of the exotic fruit. 'China wants to gain market access for cherry from Gilgit-Baltistan - something which it didn't have access earlier,' said Shahid Abdullah, Deputy Director of the Directorate of Plant Protection Department, Ministry of National Food Security

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Publication:The Messenger (Karachi, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jul 14, 2019
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