Pakistan exports 1209.1mn ton oranges in six months

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has exported 1209.1 million ton of oranges during first six months of current fiscal year which contributed millions of dollar to national kitty.

Pakistan has more than 250 processing plants in production areas of citrus to keep the taste, aroma and enhance shelf life of citrus fruit where oranges can also be processed.

Ministry of Commerce sources on Tuesday said no country has contacted for export of oranges during the year 2013-14, as normally the importers approach directly to the exporters for import of oranges.

They said Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Company (PHDEC), established with mandate to work for production, development and export of horticulture products has conducted trainings/workshops/seminars for capacity building of growers, processors and exporters.

The company provides support to horticulture industry including citrus and facilitates for obtaining international certification.

Source: APP