Fruit, veggies export can hit $7b in 10 yrs

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has the potential to multiply the existing export of fruits/vegetables from the existing $25 million to $7 billion in the coming 10 years time with continuous research and development which are badly lacking at the moment.

Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants (PFVA) discussed this issue at a meeting recently held here at the PCSIR head office.

The agenda of this meeting was to share concern of the PFVA about the issues and roblems related to export of fruits and vegetables, share vision of the PFVA about RandD, seek technical assistance, advice and support of PCSIR in establishment of RandD facilities for the PFVA, and get familiar with their labs and research work of the PSCIR.

On the occasion, Chairman PFVA Waheed Ahmed briefed the PCSIR team about various issues and problems the exporters of PFVA are confronted with relating to standards and various diseases in fruits.

He regretted that they are just relying on one variety of Kinnow since ages whereas in China they have managed to develop eight different varieties including seedless Kinnow, hence there is dire need of product development in our country.

DG Dr. S Naimat Ali Rizvi, appreciated the concerns and vision of Waheed about R and D and assured to render all technical support to resolve issues of the PFVA related to fruits/vegetables which includes testing and analysis.


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