Trade Time – Vol 2; issue 3

Trade Time - Vol 2; issue 3
Trade Time – Vol 2; issue 3

Mango is the second major fruit crop in Pakistan and therefore has the potential of becoming an important sector for non-traditional exports. At current production levels, the country is the 5th largest producer of mango world over whereas, potentially, the production can be enhanced two fold – up to 2 million tons annually. The orchards are mostly small, ranging in size between 2 to 400 hectares, but their produce has a direct impact on livelihoods among the rural poor. The mango production, post harvest handling and marketing system are still little developed resulting in low fruit quality and 30-40% of fruit wastage at post harvest level causing relatively smaller returns to the farmer. Modern infrastructure for cold storage, grading, post harvest treatment and transport are the new dimensions of mango industry which have only been started recently. Hence, these facilities are still in their infancy stage. However, the farmers and others players along the supply chain are increasingly getting aware of how to tap the opportunities in the global markets and as a result are now responsive to complementary interventions being pursued under specific cooperative programmes such as Australian funded ASLP, EU funded TRTA II and USA funded USAID programme. Already there are now 6 Global GAP certified Mango Orchards in Punjab and 1 in Sindh while 8 additional farms have applied for such certification.  To download newsletter click here