Mango exports exceed target

Published August 20, 2020
The country exported 130,000 tonnes of mangoes in 2019. — APP/File
The country exported 130,000 tonnes of mangoes in 2019. — APP/File

KARACHI: Pakistan exported 125,000 tonnes of mango — well above the 80,000 export target set for 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic — fetching the country $72 million in foreign exchange.

Highlighting that the country exported 45,000 tonnes above the set target, All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed anticipated that within the next one-and-a-half month, an additional 25,000 tonnes of mangoes would be exported before the season ends.

The country exported 130,000 tonnes of mangoes in 2019. Waheed said that during the current season, mango production fell by 35 per cent, bringing the volume to 1.3 million tonnes compared to last year’s 1.8m tonnes.

The PFVA head termed the current mango season as one of the most difficult seasons in the history of exports due to the challenges posed by coronavirus.

He noted that exporters moved to sea and land routes for shipments after airlines shutdown flight operations due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns globally.

Afghanistan emerged as one of the top countries which imported Pakistani mangoes while United Arab Emirates, Iran and Oman proved to be major international markets.

Published in Dawn, August 20th, 2020

Opinion

Victim syndrome
Updated 27 Sep 2021

Victim syndrome

Narratives of victimhood are self-denigrating and disempowering and also undermine national confidence.

Editorial

Intra-party discord
Updated 28 Sep 2021

Intra-party discord

It remains unclear whether former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is on board with the efforts of his younger brother.
28 Sep 2021

Auto finance revisions

THE State Bank’s decision to revise its prudential regulations governing consumer financing to limit car sales is ...
28 Sep 2021

Karachi tax collection

THE Sindh government’s decision to collect two municipal taxes through electricity bills from consumers only in...
Phasing out coal
Updated 27 Sep 2021

Phasing out coal

Move affords Pakistan an opportunity to renegotiate its deals with Beijing to convert them into cheaper, clean energy projects.
27 Sep 2021

Poor online score

A RECENT report by Freedom House, the US-based watchdog that assesses democratic trends around the world, has placed...
27 Sep 2021

Child’s mental capacity

CONVERTING to another faith is one of the most consequential decisions an individual can make in their lifetime. It...