Kinnow, mango: Kenyan experts satisfied with quarantine facilities – Business & Finance

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KARACHI: The considerable joint efforts of Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association (PFVA), Department of Plant Production (DPP), under the Federal Ministry of National Food Security and Research and Ministry of Trade , have borne fruit, leading to the opening of an important international market in Africa.

Quarantine experts from an African country, Kenya, visited Pakistan to assess the import of Pakistani kinnow and mango into Kenya and expressed their satisfaction with the standards of quarantine facilities.

According to Waheed Ahmed, Chief Patron of the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association, during the Pakistan-Africa Business Conference in January 2020, a PFVA delegation had meetings with Kenyan importers and department officials. quarantine and mutually agreed to explore export opportunities of Pakistani Kinnow to Kenya and agreed to finalize quarantine protocols between the two countries. Turning this mutual understanding into a business opportunity, the Pakistani Embassy in Kenya and the Department of Plant Protection played a vital role and as a result, a delegation of four quarantine experts from Kenya visited Pakistan from January 02-08, 2022 to inspect and accredit hot water/ steam heat treatment plants and cold sterilization facilities.

The Kenyan delegation consisted of Professor Theophilus Mutui, Director General of KEPHIS (Head of Delegation), Dr Isaac Macharia, Director General of Phytosanitary Services, Chief Inspector George Momanyi and PRA expert and Asenath Koech. in Karachi, Multan and Bhalwal.

The visit of the Kenyan delegation was a great success and the Kenyan experts expressed their satisfaction with the high standard of the kinnow processing factories and the strict adherence to the implementation of quarantine procedures -Waheed Ahmed Shared. The vital role played by Sohail Shehzad (Technical Director – DPP) leading to this successful visit will have a huge positive impact on Pakistani exports.

The PFVA absorbed the entire expense of this visit in a desperate desire to further increase exports.

According to Waheed Ahmed, after the successful visit of the quarantine delegation, it is strongly expected that the export of Pakistani kinnow will start in Kenya in the current season. He further hoped that Kenya would become a gateway for Pakistani exports to East Africa and that along with the export of kinnow, the Kenyan market would also prove to be a good market for Pakistani mango.

With the start of kinnow export in the current season, it is expected that Kenya could become a promising international market for 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes of Pakistani kinnow.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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