The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Iran has ap­proved some nine newly es­tab­lished Hot Wa­ter Treat­ment (HWT) plants to boost the im­ports of veg­eta­bles and fruits from Pak­istan.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Mubarik, Head of Depart­ment of Plant Pro­tec­tion (DPP), Iran had lodged com­plaint through its am­bas­sador about the sub­stan­dard qual­ity of veg­eta­bles and fruits be­ing ex­ported from Pak­istan.

He said that Iran through its com­plaint stated that fruits, which were in­fected by fruit flies, were send­ing from Pak­istan and also threat­ened to im­pose im­port ban on Pak­istani food items. Re­act­ing on Iran's com­plaint, a del­e­ga­tion of ex­perts from Plant Pro­tec­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (PPO) of Iran had been in­vited to Pak­istan in June for the tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion of newly es­tab­lished HWT plants in or­der to boost coun­try's ex­ports.

More­over, he said that a del­e­ga­tion af­ter thor­ough tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion of the HWT fa­cil­i­ties sub­mit­ted a pos­i­tive re­port and now Iran had given go-ahead to some nine HWT fa­cil­i­ties for im­me­di­ate ex­ports while some 10 other HWT plants were in process to get ap­proval from the author­i­ties.

Dr Mubarik fur­ther said that ef­forts had been made to stream­line quar­an­tine and SPS is­sues be­tween Pak­istan and Iran dur­ing 2nd Meet­ing of Pak- Iran Joint Bor­der Trade Com­mit­tee be­tween Seis­tan, Balochis­tan province of Iran and Balochis­tan province of Pak­istan in Quetta and Pak-Iran Joint Trade Com­mis­sion (JTC) in Tehran. He said that DPP was striv­ing to up­lift agri­cul­tural prac­tices up to the stan­dards of SAARC-GAP Model and added that five com­mon fa­cil­ity pack­ing houses had also been es­tab­lished in Karachi, La­hore, Is­lam­abad, Peshawar and Quetta for pre-ex­port quar­an­tine in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of ex­port con­sign­ments to en­sure pest free ex­ports from Pak­istan.

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