This season’s first shipment of Pakistani mangoes has arrived in Kunming, China.
As per Adnan Hafeez, General Secretary of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce in China (PCCIC) and Director of Imperial Ventures (Pvt), the first batch of Pakistani mangoes (Sindhri) landed at the Kunming airport with a total volume of 2.3 tons.
“We have prepared almost 3 tons but due to our strict sorting standards, exported only 2.3 tons in the shipment, ” he added.
He noted, that part of the first shipment will be distributed to Chinese wholesalers and retailers as samples to attract market share for Pakistani mangoes.
Pakistan mangoes, considered the king of fruits in the country, have a growing presence in the international market and have made several forays into the Chinese market.
In 2021, Pakistan exported 37.4 tons of mangoes to China, as per the General Administration of Customs of China.
Pakistan is the 6th largest producer and the 3rd largest exporter of mango globally. Its soil and climatic conditions enable production and market supply of good quality fresh mango over a period of about 5 to 6 months.
Mango season in Pakistan comes in June and stays till August. Pakistan has successfully fulfilled the highest mango exports during the current season of 2020 and 2021 and exported over 125,000 tons of mangoes, valued at $72 million.
Northeastern Punjab, the country’s largest province and the breadbasket, produces 70 percent of the country’s total mangoes, whereas Sindh and northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces yield 29 percent and 1 percent, respectively.
Until 2018, Pakistan produced 1.9 million metric tons of mangoes annually, thus ranking sixth in the world, preceded by India, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and Mexico
The country’s mango production has declined over the past four years, a phenomenon blamed on global warming.
Currently, Pakistan’s annual mango production stands between 1.7 million and 1.8 million metric tons.