Ambassador Cameron Munter inaugurated a new U.S.-funded mango processing line at Lutfabad Farm while visiting Multan on July 24, 2011. As a result of U.S-provided infrastructure upgrades, 13 farms in Southern Punjab will be able to export delicious Pakistani mangos to foreign markets.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Munter said, "Just one year ago, Secretary Clinton pledged U.S. support to developing the export capacities of mango farmers. What we are seeing here today are tangible results of this pledge."
The mango project is designed to support economic growth, fuel job creation, and improve living standards. The U.S. partnership with mango producers is expected to yield a 30 million dollar increase in mango export revenue in the next two years, three million dollars of new investment, and 6,000 new jobs in Punjab and Sindh.
Development assistance is one component of the comprehensive, long-term relationship between the United States and the Pakistani people. During his two-day visit to Multan, Ambassador Munter will also meet with Punjabi business and political leaders as well as alumni from U.S.-sponsored exchange programs.