Karachi (PR): The Consultants of Australian Departments of Agriculture and Horticulture Mr. PeterHofman, & Mr. Peter Johnson had a meeting with Ms. Rabiya Javeri Agha Secretary Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) on December 2nd, 2013 along with Mr. Mahmood Nawaz Shah, Director, Sindh Mango Growers Association, the Consultants apprised the Secretary, TDAP there working on behalf of Australia and helping the Govt. of Sindh in 3 sectors namely Mango, Citrus and Dairy under the ASLP, Agri Sector Linkage Program.
The Consultants informed that the test shipment of Mango of Sindh was made under the program using controlled atmosphere technology, to U.K to the Tesco Retail Company in 6 containers, which took almost 30 days from the picking / shipping to the retail level, leaving 7 clear days to the retailer to market the product – whereas in normal, regular by air shipment, the retailer has only 24 to 48 hours before the product perishes. It was also informed that U.K buyers plan to visit the Mango growers in the month of January, 2014 in order to finalize arrangements for Mango shipments to UK in the forthcoming season
The Secretary TDAP appreciated the ongoing program of developing export of Mango, Citrus and Dairy Product from Pakistan and also informed them TDAP ongoing efforts to boost the fruits products export from Pakistan. It was assured to the Consultants that the TDAP would look into any proposals for TDAP assistance in the program in order to develop the sector of Mango growers from Sindh on long term and sustainable basis.