Lahore, May 19, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan and China can collaborate to initiate fruit quality enhancement centres, fruit processing units, dehydration plants and cold storage chains to make Pakistani fruits in line with the international standards for export to world markets. It was stated by Mr. Huang Xin Jian head of the four member Chinese delegation from Yantai Jiarong Trading Co. Ltd, that visited Pakistan on special invitation of Mr. shah Faisal Afridi, President Pak-China joint Chamber of Commerce and industry .
Mr. Huang Xin Jian, while addressing members of PCJCCI appreciated the endeavours and ideas of Mr Shah Faisal Afridi for the development of Fruit sector of Pakistan. He said that fruit sector of Pakistan is having enormous potential that can be beneficial for both countries. In this regard, he suggested forming a preliminary research team in order to put ideas into practice. He further informed that his delegation had visited Pakistan with a focus to import fresh, processed and dry fruit from Pakistan, which would be re-exported to rest of the world after value addition.
Earlier Shah Faisal Afridi, president PCJCCI, in a welcome note, said that Pakistan produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, with total annual production estimated at 9 million metric tons. This includes citrus 989,000 metric tons, mangoes 438,000 metric tons, apples 525,000 metric tons, guavas 126,000 metric tons, apricots and other fruits 1.914 million tons, other fruits include bananas, grapes, pomegranates, pears and dates.
He pointed out that unfortunately, due to lack of advanced processing and packaging techniques, nearly 50 percent of total fruit production is lost during harvesting, transportation, preservation and storage. He said that there is dire need to focus on this industry and to upgrade it by boosting both the fresh fruit packaging, grading and processing for value addition and to approach markets for export of fresh fruit and value-added products.
He mentioned that the major operational activities in this process that needs attention include sorting, washing, waxing, drying, grading and packing. He said that it would be a great initiative if China establishes fruit processing and value addition plants in Pakistan, it would be beneficial to both countries, he added.
While highlighting the prospects of joint ventures in mango cultivation Faisal Afridi informed that with a total area of 167.5 thousand hectares under mango cultivation Multan was producing 1,732 thousand tones mangoes making it the second major fruit crop of Pakistan after citrus and is ranked fourth in the world for its mango production.
PCJCCI further facilitated the delegation by arranging one to one meetings with effective and experienced investors, businessmen and dignitaries related to the fruit industry. During their stay, the delegation also visited various organizations from the public and private sector, including PBIT, National Productivity organization and Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to get more informed about the issues concerning fruit industry.
For more information, contact:
Wardah Ali Gohar
Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI)
Mega Tower, 309 – 6th Floor,
Main Boulevard, Gulberg II,
Lahore, Punjab – Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-35777460-02, +92-42-37032203, +92-42-35874353