Islamabad: Select mango growers in Punjab and Sindh increased their exports by more than 60 percent and revenues by more than $4 million over the past year with U.S. support. These and other results were presented today at the U.S.-sponsored second annual mango conference in Islamabad. The conference was attended by mango farmers, government representatives, trader, and other mango industry professionals.
“The mango industry holds great promise for Pakistan’s prosperity in general and greater revenues for the Sindh and Southern Punjab region in particular,” said Karen Freeman, USAID Deputy Country Director. “The U.S. Government and the American people remain committed to further development of Pakistan’s mango industry.”
U.S. assistance to Pakistan’s mango industry began in 2009 with a series of programs meant to boost productivity and sales. With U.S. support, 13 mango farms established modern mango processing facilities to improve the processing and storage of the fruit, trained more than 4,500 farmers, extension workers, and exporters in harvesting and handling techniques, and helped mango growers arrange shipments to new export markets in Europe and the Middle East.
Pakistan is one of the leading producers of mangos in the world but less than 5 percent of Pakistan’s mangos are exported. By improving Pakistan’s mango harvesting and handling procedures and making connections with traders in worldwide export markets, the United States hopes to help Pakistan increase its profitable mango exports and raise agricultural revenues.
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