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South Africa Delegation to Pakistan, PHDEB

South Africa keen on trade with
Pakistan in Horticulture Products

Agha M. Ajmal,
Media Consultant, PHDEB

       South African delegate has shown willingness to establish strong business relationship with Pakistan in the field of horticulture. It was ensured by Mr. Stuart Symington, the head of South African delegation comprising six (6) members at a meeting with Mr. Afaq Tawana Chairman, PHDEB and Mr. Shamoon Sadiq CEO, PHDEB at Head office of Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Board (PHDEB). According to a press release issued here by PHDEB, the delegation was on one week business tour to Pakistan to explore the possibilities of importing and exporting fresh fruits, concentrates, juices, fruit pulp and packaging materials. The delegate showed keen interest in sourcing fresh fruits & vegetables form Pakistan due to contra seasonality of harvesting periods. The delegate comprises of

  • Mr. Stuart Symington, CEO Fresh Products Exporter’s Forum.
  • Mr. Nino Burelli, CEO M/s katope.
  • Mr. Valdy Jensen, CEO Orange Line (Pty) Ltd.
  • Mr. Christo Botha, CAPESPAN Dubai-UAE.
  • Mr. Imraan Moerat, Color Fruit (SA).
  • Dr. Faunus Swart, QMS Agri Science (Plant Pathologist).             
  Various meetings were arranged by PHDEB to look into the possibility of exploring business opportunities available here in horticulture sector for South Africans for promotion and development of horticultural crops, business support for export of fresh fruits & vegetables.
  • The delegation visited Department of Plant Protection to discuss the quarantine rules pests management, other PRA requirements and measures to eliminate fruit fly for mango.
  • The delegate visited M/s Maersk Sealand Pakistan to discuss the issue related to logistic arrangements including number of sailings per week, availability of Reefer/CA containers voyage for South African ports.
  • The delegate made a visit to Royal Questpack and witnessed the process of washing, waxing, drying and packing of kinnow and mango.
  • The delegate also met the leading exporters/importers of fruits/vegetables of Karachi to discuss the availability and seasonality of fresh fruits & vegetables in Pakistan.

      Mr. Staurt Symington informed the exporters that South Africa is exporting almost 60% of its citrus produce. He was of the view that Pakistan will be helped out by creating linkage, sharing of knowledge, technology, marketing and value chain. On a query he disclosed that there is no duty or other taxes on export of fruits/vegetable to South Africa.

      Dr. Faunus Swart, QMS Agri Science (Plant Pathologist) visited the mango farms of Multan to assess the issues relating to Die Back disease. According to him such diseases are also witnessed in South Africa on other fruits. He feels that with much research they will be able to and cure the problem. PHDEB suggested that this should be a long term understanding between the R & D institution between South Africa and Pakistan. Such activities required long term interventions.

      The delegate than move to Lahore and had a meeting with Mr. Saifi Chaudhry, CEO of Shezan International Ltd. Mr. Saifi gave an overview of the Shezan Group and told that they have three fruit processing units each at Karachi, Lahore and Hattar and start pulping in Karachi soon after the harvesting in the Sind area. He added that the company is also engaged in the export of their fruit juices to many countries even to Japan.

      The delegate also visited M/s Roshan Packages and observed the complete automatic plant for the manufacturing of corrugated cartons for the export oriented industries. The delegate showed interest in the import of cartons from Pakistan and asked them to quote C&F rates for South African Ports.

The team also met the leading exporter of Lahore. The exporter informed them that their main export destinations are EU countries, Hong Kong, Singapore and Middle East for fruits and vegetables and 25-30 MT/day fresh fruits & vegetables are exported daily from Lahore. The member of the delegate visited kinnow orchards and processing plant at Bhalwal. They were impressed of the technologies being imparted in the whole value chain of Kinnow. They had an informal meeting with progressive farmers, kinnow processors and exporters.

In Islamabad, a meeting was held at MINFAL with Secretary Agriculture. Mr. Ismail Qureshi, who gave an overall view of agriculture sector and policy of the government with special emphasis to these incentives being offered by Government of Pakistan.

Some of the Clips of South African Delegation Meeting at PHDEB, Lahore Head Office
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