ISLAMABAD (APP) - With the introduction of seedless variety, Pakistans kinnow exports are expected to grow to $1 billion. Currently, the world citrus markets value is $2.135 billion, in which, Pakistans share has remained $33 million per annum, just around 2.5 per cent. Pakistani kinnow could not exploit the potential European markets due to large number of seeds in the fruit and consequently the country had to export its citrus to low priced countries that affected its price, Harvest Trading Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Jawad said here Wednesday. The European countries mostly import citrus fruits from USA, New Zealand and some of Arab states besides Spain and Morocco, while Iran, Russia, Ukraine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, are the largest export markets for Pakistani kinnow. Jawad said now Pakistan has been able to develop the new variety and is expected to begin exporting seedless kinnow shortly that would multiply citrus shipments and attract European markets. We are looking forward to have 3 to 5 seeds in each fruit as compared to 20 to 25 seeds, Javed told APP, adding that higher number of seeds in the fruit was the sole reason behind the neglected importance given to Pakistani fruit by the Europeans markets. This problem is finally resolved and the demand of European markets would be met now, he said, adding that now the Pakistani scientists were working hard to start mass production of seedless kinnow in the country. Jawad said that research revealed that Europeans consider seeds to cause stomach disorder as every seed of kinnow has a specific chemical material that sometimes disturbs the stomach. He said the seedless kinnow would be able to compete in the international market, as these would not be hazardous for the human health in any way. Besides, the methods used for its production include natural selection as well as the genetic manipulation. Jawad further said that Pakistan produces 95 percent of total world kinnow production while it is the sixth largest producer of kinnow (mandarin) and oranges in the world, with 2.5 million tones. He said there are around 200 kinnow processing units in the country and most of these have been established quite recently and are contributing a lot in enhancing the quality of kinnow for export purposes in Sargodha. Once the seedless varieties start bringing fruit, it will help generate precious and much-needed foreign exchange for the country which goes up $1 billion extra, he said.