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TOTAL TRACEBACK : Pakistani Mangoes can now be traced back to farms or even trees

By Farhan Zaheer
Published: June 2, 2014

The restrictions on Indian products have caused widespread fears among Pakistani fruit and vegetable exporters. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: For the first time in the country’s history, Pakistan is going to export mangoes to the European Union (EU) in such an arrangement that the fruit can be traced back to farms and even trees where it grew – a well-known global practice.

Private as well as state officials believe that these safety measures will bring revolutionary changes in the industry as the government desires to apply the model to export of other fruits and vegetables.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Department of Plant Protection (DPP) Director General Dr Mubarak Ahmed said the department had already granted clearance certificates to around 10 mango farms in Sindh and 14 in Punjab.

DPP – one of the 14 organisations working under the Ministry of National Food Security and Research – is responsible for providing all-encompassing quarantine facilities to…