Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has called for taking steps for enhancing export of Kinnow to various countries. Chairing a meeting here on Tuesday, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Standing Committee on Horticulture and Food Exports, Chairman Ahmad Jawad said advisory services needs to be activated by the provincial agriculture department and MNFSR to save the Kinnow production and its export from different viruses which every year hits in the orchards of Sargodha that produce 95 per cent Kinnow every year.

He said Kinnow is the largest trading commodity in the country horticulture exports who gives around $ 200 million to national exchequer every year. He said Afghanistan was the largest buyer followed by Russian Federation, then Middle East and Europe. In the upcoming markets Pakistani Kinnow would be soon introduced in Vietnam, Belarus, and Thailand, he added. Ahmad Jawad said Indonesia already accepted our Kinnow on zero percent import duty which gives us a unique opportunity to tap into ASEAN market to balance our trade volumes”.

He said Chinese businessmen were started negotiation with the Pakistani counterparts to execute the fresh produce trade from 2017 due to CPEC road network. Jawad said Iran will be another big market for this fruit and in previous years we exported up to 50,000 tons of Kinnow, but now it will take some time to start again as he said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reportedly refused to facilitate bilateral trade with Iran through banking channels until all international sanctions are lifted.