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.