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The US assistance to Pakistan’s mango industry began in 2009 with a series of programmes meant to boost productivity and sales. - File photo


ISLAMABAD: The United States has reiterated its pledge to strengthen the local mango industry by removing constraints and strengthening key mango chain players.

Addressing the stakeholders from Punjab and Sindh at the Second Annual Mango Conference ‘Reaching New Export Destinations’ on Tuesday, USAID Mission’s Deputy Head in Pakistan Karen Freeman said the agency had been working with farmers to introduce new opportunities and technologies that would facilitate the development of mango industry.

She added that with assistance of the agency progressive mango farmers were now exporting the fruit to high-end international markets at competitive prices.

“The US mango programme is the turning point in the history of Pakistani mango exports and industry,” she said, hoping that the day is not far when joint efforts would make this exquisite fruit across the globe in high-end markets, earning greater revenues and acclaim for Pakistani farmers.

Syed Fakhr Imam, a former speaker of the National Assembly and a beneficiary of the USAID mango project, urged scientists to develop methods for the chemical control of fungal diseases, which have been playing havoc with mango trees.

Imam, who chaired the concluding session of the conference, suggested that satellite mapping of mango growing areas should be carried out to establish the plant density per hectare. Pakistan has about 5 tons per acre production of mangoes.

During the three technical sessions, the conference discussed orchard management practices, increasing per acre yield, establishment of cold chains, infrastructure development and market demands, post-harvest management techniques, market demands and sea shipment export protocols, and development of indigenous mango varieties production.

The US assistance to Pakistan’s mango industry began in 2009 with a series of programmes meant to boost productivity and sales.

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Ahmad Feb 02, 2012 12:31pm
Thank you America.How about a power plant in Karachi. This great city is power statrved for very very long time.Mr. Roosvelt saw the advantage seventy nine years ago when he powered all the farm-land and rural areas in the USA.One can see his home town " Newburg NY " transformed to a industrial town, considering the landscape of the area.
jane Feb 03, 2012 01:56pm
Never possible, American people are great but it's the very nature of her policy's abroad that gives it a set back. Stop funding corrupt leaders and let people get on with life!
Syed Feb 03, 2012 10:13pm
Pakistani mangoes are good but not the best, many Pakistanis will be saddened to read this but the sweetest mangoes are from the Phillipines. Secondly Pakistani mangoes dont do well in storage and that is a big problem for importers, finally the nation suffers from an image problem and US buyers would be hesitant to purchase produce of Pakistan because of images linked to Osama Bin Ladins killing in Pakistan, we need to do something seriously about our image.