Government efforts for withdrawal of ban on Kinnow imposed by Russia lauded

Karachi, December 10, 2013 (PPI-OT): While acknowledging commendable efforts by the Govt. of Pakistan in withdrawal of ban on Kinnow imposed by Russia, anticipated to fetch huge foreign exchange for the crippled economy, issuance of Phyto-sanitary certificates only from Bhalwal coupled with acute shortage of experienced inspecting staff causing in-ordinate delays in inspection of Kinnow containers has been viewed with serious concern, stated by Mr. Abdul Wahid, Former Chairman and spokesman of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters , Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA) during a meeting of leading exporters of the Association .

Elaborating further he dished out details that that 60 – 80 factories of Kinnow are currently operating in Bhalwal , processing Kinnow for export to various countries , including Russian Federation and due to acute shortage of staff (3 -4 staff ) lacking required technical skills each container in taking considerable time for inspection which is badly affecting export of Kinnow this year ! He sought immediate attention by the Govt. for appointing 15 -20 well trained inspecting staff at Bhalwal to get this serious issue resolved. Alternatively the Plant Protection Department (PPD) shall accept undertaking certificate as a guarantee from the Kinnow exporters to clear the export containers thus speeding up the process.

He further disclosed that last year representatives from PPD were deputed at all sea ports namely PICT, KICT and QICT who used to work round the clock and issue the phyto-sanitary certificates at the spot facilitating exports.

However this year it’s very deploring to share that no such facility is available at the ports and hence many export containers have been shut out making it very difficult to honour commitments of the buyers in the International markets thus making our business credibility doubtful besides financial losses to the exporters, he further added.

He drew the attention o the concerned Ministry to ensure availability of inspecting staff at all sea ports in Karachi as was the case before to facilitate smooth export operation and avoid huge financial losses to the country as well as exporters !.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Ilyas Khan
(Secretary General)
All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters
Importers and Merchants Association
Address: B-329/2 Block – 1 Gulistan-e- Jauhar Karachi
Cell: 92-321-8201359
Phone: 92 – 21 – 34012927 / 37080629
Fax: 92 – 21- 34012943
Email: feaop1@gmail.com, info@pfva.net
Web: www.pfva.net

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