Islamabad: CEO Harvest Tradings, Ahmad Jawad has said that country would have a bright chance of mango export to Japanese market this summer as Japanese government has already approved the quality of Pakistani mangoes.
In a press statement issued here on Saturday, he said that Pakistani mangos are superior in taste and have the potential of giving a tough competition to Indian mangoes which had already there in market.
He said that Pakistani Mango commercial shipments expected to reach in Japan in the coming summer. Jawad said that Vapour Heat Treatment (VHT) plants will be installed in Karachi and Multan and expected to be imported from Japan in the current year. These plants will process at least 15,000 kilogram or 15 tones mango daily. VHT system uses hot saturated water vapour to heat the fruit slowly, treating possible fruit flies, he added.
“Though the plant can be used for multipurpose, but it is being imported for processing the highly valued mango. The plant, which will facilitate export of fruits and vegetables, especially Mangoes, to Japan and it will also be used for the export of mangoes to Australia, Korea and New Zealand, he added.
In 2011, the government had introduced Mango in Japanese market on experimental basis and limited quantity of mangoes had been sent to Japan for promotional purposes as test shipment soon after the foreign government allowed it after processing through a smaller VHT plant provided by Tokyo in 1999. According to TDAP’s bid issued in February 2012, the successful bidder would be responsible for commissioning of complete plant; responsible for operation and maintenance for six months; he added.