ISLAMABAD - Director Harvest Tradings & horticulture expert, Ahmad Jawad has said that Pakistani mango growers are hoping to take a slice out of rival India’s export market. However Pakistan is second ranking behind India for the number of interceptions in the fresh produce consignments which needs to be overcome on priority basis, he added. Addressing a seminar regarding fresh fruits exports here on Tuesday, Ahmed Javed said European Union (EU) felt that it has become very urgent to send a serious warning to the concerned authority of Pakistan which should at least, in a very short term make reliable control of the harmful organisms while export of fruits & vegetables to us.

The EU protective measures enter into force temporarily halting the import of certain fruits and vegetables from India, after pests which could threaten European farmers’ crops were discovered in 207 consignments from India in 2013. The pests found were mainly insects, such as non-European fruit flies which result putting ban on India from May 1st until December 2015.