More Mangoes

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Thanks to tough new Euro­pean reg­u­la­tions, Pak­istani mango grow­ers may take a slice out of In­dia’s ex­port mar­ket. Last year, Pak­istan ex­ported around 100,000 tonnes of mangoes for $48.6 mil­lion against In­dia’s 56,000 tonnes for $44.6 mil­lion. But a Euro­pean Union ban on In­dia’s prized Alphonso va­ri­ety has pre­sented Pak­istan with a chance to widen the gap.

The em­bargo was im­posed af­ter many ship­ments were found to con­tain fruit flies and also af­fected four types of veg­etable. Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, Pak­istan has a po­ten­tial to ex­port 40 per­cent of the to­tal pro­duc­tion of mangoes while an ex­porter, who sends his fruit to Scan­di­navia, said that he hoped to in­crease his ship­ments four­fold this year.

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