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PHDEB Proceedings of Workshop on Compliance under WTO Regime - Bhalwal, Sargodha
From Left : Dr. Ijaz Ahmad, Ch.Muhammad Mohsin Warriach and Haji Muhammad Azam
Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Board organized a Workshop on Compliance under WTO Regime at Bhalwal on November 23rd, 2004. The workshop program is annexed (Annex 1). In all, 94.participants representing growers, traders and extension services attended (Annex 2). Chaudhary Muhammad Mohsin Warraich, Chief Organizer Anjaman-e- Kashtekaran Punjab presided over.
The workshop commenced with recitation from the Holy Quraan. Dr. Ijaz Ahmad, Manager Technical welcomed the participants. Ch. Mohsin Warraich in his opening remarks hailed the activities of Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Board. He pointed out the problems being faced by citrus growers with respect to fruit colour, size, early drop and fruit fly infestation. He disclosed that exporters have indicated minimum purchase price of Kinnow at Rs. 300/- per 40 Kg for the current year. The crop size is slightly less than last year but quality and size is good. He assured his cooperation with PHDEB and Agriculture Department officials.
Dr. Ijaz Ahmad-Manager Technical PHDEB
Dr. Ijaz Ahmad Manager Technical PHDEB presented the salient features of the workshop, role of PHDEB for citrus development like access to new markets, organization of Citrus Task Force, introduction of seedless Kinnow, installation of tensiometers & drip irrigation to conserve water and conducting awareness workshop/seminars.
Mr. Tariq Qamar, Auditor and Expert Food Division of BVQI gave presentation on EUREPGAP. He discussed about Integrated Crop Management, Pest Control, Quality Management, HACCP, Worker Health, Environmental Pollution, Traceability of Produce, Record Keeping, Varieties and Rootstocks, Site History and Site Management,

Soil and Substrata Management, Fertilizer Use, Fertilizer Storage, Organic Manure, Irrigation, Crop protection, Choice of Chemicals, Records of Chemical Application, Pre-harvest Interval, Spray equipments, Crop Protection, Residual Analysis MRL, Crop Storage and Handling Hygiene, Post Harvest Treatments, Identification of Waste and Pollutants, Risk Assessments, Training Needs and Equipments, Welfare and Wildlife Conservation.

Mr. Riaz Mehmood, Entomologist from CABI Bio Sciences Regional Centre Pakistan presented protocols of SPS and Integrated Pest Management. He elaborated on the standards for GAP, alternatives for pest control, fruit fly trapping, SPS Agreement under WTO, Food Standards, Pests and Diseases. He informed the participants that out of 1 million insects identified so far, only 1% are quarantine pests. European Countries and USA are importing predators and parasites from Pakistan. Certification of fruit fly species presence and absence in different regions is required. He also talked about fruit fly management thru FFS (Farmers Field School) and its benefits to farmers. The importance of Neem tree plantation was emphasized to be used as repellant to pests.

Syed Arshad Hashmi, Chief Executive, Officer Quest Consultants gave presentation on HACCP. He said that it is food safety management. He discussed about quality foods processed under hygienic conditions, general protocols for preventing food contamination, traceability, identification marks for safe foods, microbiological/ physical or chemical affects on food quality and shelf life, use of waxes and wrappings on fresh produce, food grade quality of wrapping and packing materials.

Dr. Ijaz Ahmad PHDEB presented the standards for export of citrus fruits. He explained the importance of standards to sustainable exports. The minimum requirement of fresh fruit in clued that the fruit should be intact, sound, clean, free from any visible foreign matter, free of damage, free from abnormal moisture and free from foreign smell. This is followed by Classification like Extra Class, Class1 and Class 2. He apprised the participants on minimum juice contents required for different citrus types. The tolerance limits concerning size of fruits, uniformity, external damage, packing and presentation were explained to the participants. He informed the participants that these standards would be enforced thru pre-shipment inspection. These are voluntary but compliant exporters would be entitled for 25% freight subsidy.

Participants actively participated in question answers session which followed each presentation. At the end participants were served lunch. The workshop ended with vote of thanks.

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