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Govt introducing hot water treatment plants to control mango fly: Bosan.

ISLAMABAD -- Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFSR), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan Monday said that the federal government was taking necessary steps to introduce small hot water treatment plants at farm level in mango producing areas of the country.

According to press statement issued by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), he was speaking at the Demonstration of Small-scale Mango Hot Water Treatment Unit at Multan.

He said the government was also launching a project to control mango fruit fly which is serious issue for mango growers.

Bosan said the fruit fly was also affecting mango exports in European Union markets adding that Pakistani farmers were still practicing traditional mango harvesting and processing methods except few modern mango processing facilities.

Due to lack of proper mango processing plants including hot water treatment plants, quality of mango exported was not up to the required standards, he added.

Bosan stressed for adopting modern technologies to enter into the export domain of USA, Japan and other countries.

He said exporters require a high level of entrepreneurship, market demands, awareness of processing, packaging techniques and plant technologies, adaptation to modern refrigeration methodologies, and conforming to quality standard set out by different importing countries

for import of mangoes.

The government would prefer to shrink mango export rather than allow uncertified fruit to European Union and induce ban, he added.

Bosan said UNIDO was doing its job to enhance mango export and at the same time making efforts to reduce fruit fly infestation in partnership with Ministry of National Food Security and Research for introducing small scale mango hot water treatment plants.

"We are planning to distribute 10 more such plants to different clusters of mango growers and small growers should benefit from small hot water treatment plant and get rid of fruit fly infestation and other diseases," he said.

Bosan said mango was the second major fruit crop in Pakistan in terms of areas, production and export volume. It is cultivated on 172400 hectares, last year we exported 6 percent of total production and earned $48 million.

The major mangoes export destinations are Middle East, Far East and European Union markets.

He further said that characterizing of the Pakistan mango market on

the supply side is the high level of fragmentation. Pakistan is the 5th major producer of mango in the world and within Pakistan, Punjab is the main mango producing with 77 percent of its production.

Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr Iftikhar Ahmad on the occasion, highlighted PARC's mango research and value chain initiatives.

He said PARC on the directive of Federal Ministry of National Food Security and Research took initiative to develop Mango hot water treatment units to meet international market requirement and to enhance the export of mango from Pakistan.

These plants are necessary because the importing countries have strict requirements that mango fruit should be treated with hot water.

He said the plant is suitable farmers' fields and even the mango growers with small holdings can treat their mango fruit by hot water treatment plant.

This treatment will disinfest mango from fruit fillies and other diseases and farmers will be able to export quality mango and they can earn more profit and ultimately Pakistan can earn more foreign exchange.

On the occasion Dr Nadeem Amjad, Member (NRD) PARC, Dr M. Azeem

Khan, DG NARC, Hameed Ullah, Director Mango Research Institute, Multan, Dr Tanveer Ahmad, Director (ABEI) PARC, Dr Abdul Ghaffar Grewal, Horticulturist (MRS) Shujabad, Bruno Valanzuolo, UNIDO, Farid Khan Khakwani, Chairman Mango Growers consortium, Maj. Tariq Khan, President, Multan Mango Growers Association and other speakers also addressed and highlighted various aspects of mango treatment plant, export of mango, regulatory framework for control of fruit fly infestation.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 15, 2014
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