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‘Trade diplomacy’: Pakistan to gift mangoes to heads of states

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  1. Morpheus

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    ‘Trade diplomacy’: Pakistan to gift mangoes to heads of states
    'The initiative has a well-defined objective to further strengthen diplomatic relationships with friendly countries, besides introducing the fruit to new markets'

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    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to send mangoes as a gift to the heads of states of the existing as well as potential buying countries, it was learnt on Saturday.

    According to officials, this initiative has a well-defined objective to further strengthen diplomatic relationships with friendly countries, besides introducing the fruit to new markets so that export the country’s horticulture exports could be enhanced.

    During a high-level meeting, chaired by President Dr Arif Alvi, it was decided that Pakistan would promote trade diplomacy by gifting of mangoes to all friendly countries.

    National Food Security Minister Fakhar Imam, All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed and Chairman Abdul Malik also participated in the meeting.


    During the meeting, Waheed Ahmed briefed the president about the production and quality of mangoes and highlighted issues pertaining to the supply chain challenges confronted by exporters.

    The president was also apprised of the current state of export of the fruit and vegetable sector and the reasons behind Pakistan’s meagre share of less than 0.5pc in international trade. Waheed further shared a roadmap titled “Horticulture Vision 2030” which was developed by the PFVA through extensive research and development.

    The participants were informed that the international trade of fruits & vegetables was around $200 billion, while Pakistan exported fruits & vegetables worth $651 million in 2018-19, which was just 0.33pc of this total revenue.

    “Pakistan is ranked sixth in terms of mango production and fifth in terms of mango exporting countries in the world, having around 5pc share. The country’s mango industry has a volume of Rs100 billion while millions of people are employed in the industry.”

    During a comprehensive presentation which focused on the export of mangoes, Waheed stated that Pakistan exports mangoes to 40 countries of the world and by adopting well meticulous planning and removal of barriers restricting the export, Pakistan can also have access to high-value international markets. The anticipated international markets include USA, Japan, China, South Korea and Australia.

    He said the major challenges that the horticulture sector was confronted with included climate change, scarcity of water, lack of research & development activities, primitive agriculture patties leading to pre and post-harvest losses, inadequate cold storage facilities and issues of transportation.

    Waheed strongly recommended the formulation of a special forum comprising representatives from the concerned ministries & PFVA for evaluation of issues related to the horticulture sector, finding realistic solutions and ensuring the provision of facilities.

    He quoted the recent examples of excellent coordination among the concerned ministries which promptly resolved a serious issue of opening of the Pak-Iran border in the shortest time period of just 3 days.

    “The formation of a proposed special forum would play a vital role in speedy implementation of timely decisions taken by the forum to ensure facilitation of exports.”

    It was also suggested that realistic policies may also be developed for airlines & shipping agencies so that exports’ consignments can be promptly taken care of and timely transported.

    Capacity building of the Plant Protection Department and effective utilization of its capabilities; launching of promotional activities through sponsorship of PFVA; activation of Pakistan Horticulture Development Company (PHDEC), and payment of pending claims of DLTL through approved funds were also part of suggestions that were presented during the meeting.

    https://profit.pakistantoday.com.pk...-pakistan-to-gift-mangoes-to-heads-of-states/

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  2. Dalit

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    They cannot ignore the taste of Pakistani mangoes.
     
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    Pakistan has finally realised everyone has a taste for Pakistani products.
     
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    The problem is that Pakistani mangoes are super expensive. Last week I bought a box for 40$ with 5 Sindhri mangoes. Not everyone can afford it when you have Haitian and Mexican mangoes (which are to their local taste), these Haitian and Mexican mangoes cost about 10$/box with about 18 mangoes in it. Now you do the math.
     
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    I don't know what they cost nowadays but they used to be dirt cheap here in the UK.
    They used to pile them high and sell them cheap.
     
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    I am no head of state, But I would gladly take some mangoes.
     
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    £10 for a box of 6 small mangoes in the UK
     
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    Nothing knew... Pakistan had gifted these mangoes in past as well. Musharraf actually gifted Pakistani mangoes to US authorities first time, they liked it so much that they decided to oust Musharraf and setup their own Mango processing unit around Multan.
    Today US export best of Pakistan Mangoes for their official consumption, they are no more dependent on Pakistani PM or President.

    While the news hint at objective of gift is to export Mangoes to following markets:
     
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    I can't eat mangoes any more because of diabetes but I think they were about £3.50 a box last time I bought some.
     
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    woh, where is that, I will drive down and buy some.
     
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    Read my post carefully. I said I don't buy them since I became diabetic. So it was a long time ago.
    However I've just asked someone and you can still buy them for about £6 a box of 6.
    Where in the UK are you?
     
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  13. Morpheus

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    Try Green street. There was vegetable market, i forget got its name. It has lot of stalls there. I bought one box (5pc of big mangoes) for 4.50 pounds back in 2014, when i was there.
     
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    Top quaity mangoes cost here in India INR ₹350/- per kg around 2-3 numbers.
     
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    £6 for a box of 4. I bought 2 boxes - YUM but went to quickly! Prices have gone up due to covid-19 - Thank you France/Spain!!