Islamabad: Pakistani mangoes will get access to Lebanese markets from this year. Efforts also on the move to start exporting mangoes to Australia from this season. Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri
Federal minister for National Food Security and Research (NFS and R), Mir Israrullah Khan Zehri has directed to facilitate and speed up the process for finalizing exports of mangoes to Lebanon and Australia from this year.
The federal minister said it while chairing a meeting with officials of the Department of Plant Protection (DPP), held here at the ministry.
“Australian experts, who are expected to visit Pakistan in connection with mangoes import into Australia, must be facilitated to make possible the export of mangoes to Australia from this year. The required standards of Australian government for imports must be met to broaden the international market for the local agricultural produces”, asked the minister.
Mr. Zehri said that MoU between Pakistan and Lebanon was signed in 2011 for the Export of Mangoes from Pakistan to Lebanon and the export of mangoes must start from the coming season of 2012.
The minister was told that a team of Australian experts will visit Pakistan from May 25 to inspect the hot water treatment plants and mango orchards and there are ample chances that mangoes will be exported from this year.
The minister said that the Proposed Phytosanitary Act 2012, which seeks amendments in Pakistan Plant Quarantine Act 1976 and Pakistan Plant Quarantine Rules 1967, should be finalized at the earliest to update the rules and procedures to better cope with the different international standards and bring efficiency in the working of the department
The minister was informed that Pakistan has signed agreement for different agricultural produces with thirteen countries including USA, China, Mexico, Iran and Uzbekistan.
The meeting was also attended by secretary NFS and R, Mr. Shafqat Hussain Naghmi, Director General, DPP M. Akhlaq Rana and other senior officials of the ministry.
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