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Mango exports may cross target by 20,000 tons

ISLAMABAD: The export target of mangoes is likely to exceed 20,000 tons within a period of next three months, according to a private television channel.

A total of 115,000 tons of mangoes would be exported during the current financial year and the country has already exported 55,000 tons of mangoes worth $ 16.5 million by June 30, 2007, which constitutes 50 percent of the total export target set for the period under review.

According to the horticulture board, the export target might increase by additional 20,000 tons worth $ 6 million this year.

Dubai remained the top market for Pakistani mangoes by importing 27,000 tons followed by Europe, including the United Kingdom with 10,000 tons.

Pakistan exported 9,000 tons mangoes to Saudi Arabia, while 7,500 tons were shipped to other Gulf countries like Oman and Kuwait.

The rest of 1,500 tons of mangoes went to the Far Eastern countries including Singapore and Malaysia.

Figures compiled by the Pakistan Horticulture Development Export Board (PHDEB) showed that Pakistan`s annual mango exports were around 0.1 million tons, about seven per cent of total 1.5 million tons production.

According to the board, a mango fair would be held in the Czech Republic by end of the current month to introduce Pakistani mango and hopefully the shipment of mangoes to non-traditional market would start this summer.

The Czech Republic has been a big market and it would provide another destination for Pakistani fruits.

Presently, the Czech market is flooded with Brazilian mangoes but they were no match with Pakistani mango in term of quality and taste.

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