U.S. helps Pakistani Mango Farmers Boost Exports

U.S. helps Pakistani Mango Farmers Boost Exports

Islamabad: Working in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Hyder Shah Fruit Farm in Sindh has installed Pakistan’s first automated mango processing line on a farm. As a result of this partnership, the farm delivered 150,000 kilograms of processed mangos to the Middle East and earned more than four million rupees in profit.

“I hope my success will encourage other Pakistani mango farmers to complete their infrastructure developments so they can compete in the international mango market,” said Junaid Hyder Shah, owner of Hyder Shah Farm. “I could not have achieved this without USAID support.”

This initiative is part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to help Pakistan improve its economic growth. USAID is helping 15 mango farms in Sindh and Punjab to install processing equipment which will help prepare mangos for export to international markets, including the Middle East, South East Asia, and Europe. USAID has also trained 3,000 farmers on handling and processing mangos to preserve their quality and shelf life. This assistance will directly benefit two million Pakistanis, raise revenues for numerous businesses, generate employment, and boost the economy throughout Pakistan, especially in Southern Punjab and Northern Sindh.

Currently less than five percent of Pakistani mangos are exported. With annual mango production exceeding 1.5 million tons, and demand for mangos growing around the world, Pakistan’s mango sector has tremendous potential for growth.

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Spokesman
Information Office
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Web: http://islamabad.usembassy.gov

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