Islamabad: Kinnow industry needs policy to accomplish better results as this year exporters saw a huge surplus for trading with expecting a bumper crop because of alternate fruit bearing factor, said acting CEO Harvest Tradings Azam Ishaque.
He stated this while talking to farmers on Saturday. He said the huge production being estimated at 2.3 million tonnes is bound to create a glut in the domestic market. It would inevitably lead to a price crash on the domestic level, hurting farmers. On the foreign front, it would build pressure on other export markets like Middle East. In the last few years, Pakistan has regularly lost and regained some export markets because it could not ensure quality of the produce. But it has hardly found new ones by improving domestic production, both in quality and variety, he added.
Among other issues, Pakistani Kinnow has been suffering Skin-Blemish disease over the last few decades, he said. The disease affects looks and size of the fruit. The Russians overlooked the size because of its strong taste. It is mixed with the equally strong local alcohol. It took the Pakistani planners’ eyes off the pests that the fruit can carry to Russia. Pakistan, under a foreign-funded initiative (Agri-business Support Fund, or the ASF) tried to bring some of its farms under the international certifications like Global Gap, he viewed.