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SOPís FOR PAKISTAN HORTI-FRESH PROCESSING FACILITY

                                                                                                  

SOPís FOR PAKISTAN HORTI-FRESH PROCESSING FACILITY

Pakistan Horti-Fresh Processing (Pvt.) Ltd. has been established as Joint Venture between Durrani Associates and PHDEC through funding from EDF. The purpose of the project is to meet SPS requirements of importing countries of mango and other Horticulture products, non-quarantine pest management, post-harvest disease management and improved produce quality and shelf life. The project includes activities like sorting, cleaning, washing, hot water treatment (against fruit flies on 48 degree Celsius for 60-65 minutes with pulp temperature of 46.2 degree celsius), drying, grading, packing and cold treatment.

The project was completed and trial runs were carried out in mango season (2012) while commercial activity was done during 2013. The project has been approved by mango importing countries like Australia, South Korea, Mauritius, Lebanon, etc. as HWT facility of international standard. However, its utilization as Common Facility Centre needs to be improved, thus the stakeholders are required to be pursued for its utilization for benefit of their own as well as enhancement of horticulture exports. The operation of the facility shall be the responsibility of the management of Pakistan Horti Fresh, which is with Durrani Associates. However, PHDEC will work for promotion of export market for Hot Water Treated mangoes.

To streamline utilization of the facility, following standard operating procedures (SOPs) are proposed:

  1. The products received in the facility for processing will be of international quality acceptable to the intended importing country in terms of size/weight, appearance, maturity, pest/disease infestation, sap, external injury and other characteristics.
  2. The facility shall be open to all interested parties who shall make advance intimations of their requirement for processing of identified quantities of mango with proposed/ expected date of processing. Such reservation shall be made up to May 5, 2014. However, the late comers shall be accommodated as per the space available. For bookings, the exporters can visit office of Pak Hortifresh during working hours except Sunday or email at info@pakhortifresh.com, info@durranigroup.org
  3. Each interested exporter/party shall have to deposit at least 10% of processing charges in advance which shall be adjusted in the final bill of charges.
  4. The party shall bring the fruit to Pak Hortifresh and take it away after processing. The party will also bring its own boxes for packing and any damage to fruits or boxes during transportation or transit shall be the sole responsibility of the shipper.
  5. The process shall include: (1) receiving (2) unloading (3) sorting (4) Hot Water Treatment (5) Packing excluding the packing boxes (6) pre-cooling if needed (7) dispatch (loading). In processing, the instructions of the shipper except the technical requirements of the process & packing will be followed.
  6. Cartons brought by the shippers must be according to the design & specification of the importing country. The packaging boxes for treated mangoes must be of international requirement i.e. Cartons with ventilation holes; the holes to be covered/sealed with a mesh/screen of no more than 1.6 mm pore size and not less than 0.16 strand thickness.
  7. The management of Pakistan Horti-Fresh Processing shall be responsible for HWT and fruit handling inside the plant. Any additional activity shall be charged additionally. The packed fruit may be kept in the Cold Room, maximum by two days.
  8. The management would guide the individuals for maintaining the quality; however, anyone not observing the instructions, shall himself be responsible for any issue there- off.
  9. The management does not take any liability for acceptance or rejection of the consignment at the destination, which shall be sole responsibility of the exporter as the consignment shall be handled by him during transport and transit.
  10. The minimum quantity accepted for processing would be 10 tons/batch and any quantity less than it may not be processed.
  11. The discounted processing charges for all destinations other than South Korea & Australia will be Rs. 20 per Kg for members of APFVA & Growers Associations. For all other exporters, the charges will be Rs. 25/Kg. The payment of processing charges shall be cleared before taking the consignment out of facility premises.
  12. For the reasons mentioned below, the Processing charges for mangoes to be exported to South Korea & Australia will be Rs. 50 per Kg for quantities not less than 10 tons per batch.
  • For every shipment, the management has to change hot water along with all the chemicals and the wax.
  • The water has to be heated so that the temperature reaches 49 degree Celsius, which requires 8 hour time & the energy.
  • No product other than the shipments destined for these two countries can be processed on that day due to quarantine reasons.
  • The Hot Water Treatment of mangoes shall necessarily be done under direct supervision of the Inspectors of the Department of Plant Protection Government of Pakistan which are very much updated on Quarantine requirement of different countries according to their quarantine requirements, which is the regulatory authority for these processes. The certificate shall be issued by Department of Plant Protection of Pakistan in which it state that the mangoes were submersed in hot water at 48 degree Celsius for 60 to 65 minutes & the pulp temperature at the end of the process was 46.2 degree Celsius.

13.   The Hot Water Treatment of mangoes shall necessarily be done under direct supervision of the Inspectors of the Department of Plant Protection Government of Pakistan which are very much updated on Quarantine requirement of different countries according to their quarantine requirements, which is the regulatory authority for these processes. The certificate shall be issued by Department of Plant Protection of Pakistan in which it state that the mangoes were submersed in hot water at 48 degree Celsius for 60 to 65 minutes & the pulp temperature at the end of the process was 46.2 degree Celsius.


(ISSUED THROUGH A RESOLUTION OF THE BOD OF HORTIFRESH)

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