Edi­tor’s Desk

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Mango is com­monly called as king of fruits. Pak­istani Mango is con­sid­ered as the fruit of ex­cel­lence and thus has a prom­i­nent po­si­tion among the com­mer­cial fruits grown in Pak­istan. It is the sec­ond ma­jor fresh fruit in Pak­istan. Mango is a de­li­cious fruit grown in slightly less than ninety trop­i­cal and sub-trop­i­cal coun­tries in the world. The fruit is mostly eaten farm fresh as a dessert. It is also pro­cessed into pre­serves, juices, jams, jel­lies, nec­tars as well as crisp mango chips, which are eaten as snacks. Mango is an ex­cel­lent source of vi­ta­mins A. B and C and con­tains wa­ter, pro­teins, sugar. fats, fibers and iron, etc. Pak­istani Man­goes are mostly yel­low in colour when fully ripe, have strong aroma and sweet in taste, no mango of any ori­gin can com­pete in taste with the Pak­istani Mango. As a trop­i­cal fruits, the mango has ex­pe­ri­enced tremen­dous devel­op­ment in re­cent years.

Pak­istan is the 5th largest pro­ducer and the 3rd largest ex­porter of mango in the world. Its soil and cli­matic con­di­tions en­able pro­duc­tion and mar­ket sup­plies of good qual­ity fresh mango over a pe­riod of about 5 to 6 months. Pak­istani man­goes there­fore en­joy a prom­i­nent po­si­tion in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

Pak­istan pro­duces quite a few mango va­ri­eties (i.e.) Sindhri, Lan­gra, Doshehri, Chaunsa, Kali Seroli, Ba­gan pali, Swarnarika, and Neelum. The Di­rec­torate of Plant Pro­tec­tion has tem­po­rar­ily waived off the re­quire­ment of get­ting Max­i­mum Resid­ual level tests of the man­goes pro­duced by the reg­is­tered or­chards from Sindh for a week to fa­cil­i­tate ex­port of man­goes to coun­tries of the Euro­pean Union. The test de­ter­mines the scale of pes­ti­cide resid­u­als left on the ma­ture har­vest of man­goes. The con­trol­ling au­thor­i­ties of EU and USA have placed ac­cept­able scales of the residue of each pes­ti­cide over the sur­face of the man­goes. The ex­ported con­sign­ments of the man­goes are not al­lowed to get an exit per­mit from the port if the fruit is con­tam­i­nated with the pes­ti­cide be­yond the ac­cept­able scale.

The EU au­thor­i­ties take strict ac­tion of putting a ban on the im­port of such fruit items from the ex­port­ing coun­try. Apart from the pes­ti­cide con­tam­i­na­tion, the EU and USA take strict against the ex­port­ing coun­tries if they find any other in­sect in­fec­tion over the sur­face of the man­goes. The In­dian ex­port of man­goes was banned last year by the EU af­ter the con­sign­ments from there were found to be in­fected with fruit fly. Pak­istan was a di­rect ben­e­fi­ciary of this ban and its ex­ports rose to an all-time high to 93,000 tonnes. The tar­get for the cur­rent year ex­ports has been pro­jected to be above 100,000 tonnes. Per­mis­sion to ship the con­sign­ments with­out any prior testing how­ever is quite con­cern­ing and risky for the ex­porters and the coun­try’s for­eign ex­change earn­ings. The ex­ports of Man­goes from Pak­istan will have to face a com­plete ban in case of any breach in this re­gard.

The per­mis­sion has been granted in the back­drop of de­lay in set­ting up the fa­cil­i­ties for such testing any­where in the coun­try. The Direc­tor Gen­eral of the depart­ment has how­ever as­sured that the fa­cil­i­ties for such tests will start op­er­at­ing within a week or so. The ex­porters have right­fully ex­pressed their dis­may over the de­lay. The con­cerned depart­ment needs to ex­plain the causes of this de­lay and has to jus­tify it oth­er­wise the au­thor­i­ties should take cor­rec­tive mea­sures against those re­spon­si­ble for this ne­glect. The Di­rec­torate of plant pro­tec­tion has also hoped that the con­sign­ments will clear the MRL tests. The con­se­quences of such op­ti­mism may be very harm­ful for the pro­duc­ers as well as the econ­omy.

It re­mains to be seen whether the Di­rec­torate’s as­sur­ances that the fa­cil­ity of MRL testing will start func­tion­ing within a week or so turns out to be true or not. The other as­pect which needs to be pon­dered on is the se­ri­ous­ness with which th­ese coun­tries pro­tect their peo­ple, en­vi­ron­ment as well as flora and fauna to avoid any un­de­sired con­se­quences. The bu­reau­cracy and the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship need to learn lessons from the ef­forts of th­ese coun­tries to pro­tect their en­vi­ron­ment.

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