U.S. Helps Pakistani Mango Farmers Boost Exports

Posted by Courtney Beale
July 7, 2011
Fruit Vendor With Mangoes at Sunday Bazaar in 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.

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Mike
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District Of Columbia, USA
July 8, 2011

Mike in Washington writes:

Raj Shah is getting things done. Hopefully, he can be effective against the corruption and waste of contracters that work for and with his organization. He is working
hard on this issue. So maybe this will be a none issue later in tenure. If Rag Shah successfully reduces the effects of corruption and waste, then maybe the State Department can give him or award. Or better yet, maybe the State Department can give him more of an incentive to go after waste and corruption.

Fatema
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Wisconsin, USA
July 8, 2011

Fatema in Wisconsin writes:

When is Pakistan going to export Mangoes to US?

ROSEMARY K.
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Florida, USA
July 11, 2011

Rosemary in Florida writes:

Very interesting story, indeed. Am interested in this particularly for Kenya and Bangladesh. Let's see what I can do about it.

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