Koreans set to import Pak mango from next year

STAFF REPORT IBD: The importers have expressed keen interest in Pakistani mangoes as the fruit is considered the best among mangoes imported from the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

“South Korean importers have started visiting Pakistan following approval of Pakistans mango quality and hopes have emerged that thousands of tons could be exported to Korea from next season,” said an official of the agriculture ministry while talking to media.

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More recently a three-member Korean delegation, comprising Myung Seung Jin, Chief Executive Officer of IKP Korea Company, Sooba Khan, Executive Director of IKP and other executives, has visited a top fruit firm – Iftikhar Ahmed and Company.

They examined the hot water treatment facility and other plants installed for processing mango up to the mark and expressed their satisfaction over the processing mechanism.

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“As Korea has allowed import of mango from Pakistan this year after an in-depth inspection of quality and standards, at least 4,000 to 6,000 tons can be exported in the next couple of years,” said Waheed Ahmed, Co-Chairman of Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association.

Besides fresh mango, the delegation also expressed interest in mango pulp which could be exported throughout the year, he said adding more delegations of importers are likely to visit Pakistan in the next few months.

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