Irfan SiddiquiWednesday, August 27, 2014
TOKYO: Japan has received the maiden mango consignment from Pakistan, The News learnt on Tuesday.
A few Pakistan’s mango importers conditioned the import of country’s tropical fruit with their vapour heat treatment.
Japan had given the Pakistani government a VHT plant with small-scale capacity after lifting the ban on Pakistani mangoes after three years this season.
The plant imported by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan could not start commercial operation. The exporting mangoes were treated in this plant.
A source said the quantity of mangoes imported by Japan was around six tons. According to details, Fauji Foundation was the exporter and AEON group, which is a largest retailer in Japan, was the importer of mangoes.
The first import didn’t go unheeded; rather, AEON Group celebrated this event with much fanfare. Along with group’s chairman and other employees, Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan Farukh Amil also attended the ceremony.
It is a moment of honour for Pakistan that Pakistani mangoes after more than a decade came on the shelves at Japanese stores, said the envoy. Amil said Pakistani exporters have to maintain the quality of mangoes to cash in on rich Japanese market and to keep Pakistan’s name on top in quality.