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Monday 14th April 2014, 19:06 Hong Kong

Pakistan steps up mango treatment to avoid EU ban

Pakistan has implemented compulsory hot water treatment for mangoes destined for the EU to avoid being banned from the market

Pakistan steps up mango treatment to avoid EU ban

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The Pakistan government has made hot water treatment compulsory for mangoes destined for the EU to avoid being barred from the market, reports Pakistan website

The decision to implement this treatment, which eliminates fruit flies,  was made at a meeting between the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, the report said.  

The quarantine department will inspect hot water treatment facilities in the Punjab, it said. An approved government facility is up and running in Karachi.

Pakistani fruit exporters proposed the new measures to avoid a similar fate to Indian shippers, whose mangoes were banned by the EU in March due to repeated quarantine breaches.

But PFVA chairman Waheed Ahmed recommened alternative post-harvest treatments needed to be found, since many exporters do not have hot water treatment facilities. In the meantime, subsidies are needed to fund the treatment, and the Karachi facility needs to slash its costs by at least a 50 per cent, he told the publication.

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  • Pakistan has most nice opportunity to enhance its exports of mango and must take some usefull measures to avoid any casualities regarding quality of mango exports.

    Muhammad Rashid
  • It is crucial that Pakistan adheres to this; they are the market players and need to exploit the growing opportunity in the UK. It is interesting to read Dr Masood Aslams paper on the health benefits of Mangoes, reflecting the necessity for individuals to eat Mangoes regularly.

  • Imran and Muhammad having read your comments I believe that your points represent the uneducated nation you discuss. Pakistani mangoes have and do produce negative externalties on third parties uninvolved in the transaction i.e. me you need to understand that limiting the supply will ensure that over production of negative externalities will be limited.

    Waleed Omer

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