KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and Food Exports, Chairman Ahmad Jawad said Kinnow is the largest trading commodity in the country horticulture exports which gives around $ 200 million to national exchequer every year.
Jawad said Pakistan have also the eye catching opportunity to promote Kinnow in China due to their religious factor through CPEC on economical rates as Chinese businessmen were started negotiation with the Pakistani counterparts to execute the fresh produce trade from 2017 due to CPEC road network.
Pakistan the 13th largest producer of kinnow in the world enjoyed its importance in the international markets due to its aroma and heavy juice content. In 2014 Afghanistan was the largest buyer followed by Russian Federation, Middle East and Europe. Soon Pakistani Kinnow would be introduced in Vietnam, Belarus, and Thailand; he added.
Jawad further told Iran will be another big market for this fruit and in previous years private sector exported up to 50,000 tons of Kinnow, but now it will take some time to start again as he said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reportedly refused to facilitate bilateral trade with Iran through banking channels until all international sanctions are lifted.
FPCCI Standing Committee Chairman urged its high time Government may open dry port in Sargodha to facilitate Kinnow export which was vitally needed. According to an estimate around 6000 containers of Kinnow could be exported from the dry port annually.
We feel government took care of its kinnow industry before it gets late and without this, Pakistan cannot achieve the target of enhancing kinnow exports to an impressive figure of $1 billion in four years’ time, he remarked.