It has been requested by the Iranian government to Pak authorities to audit six hot water treatment plants. The audit that is being delayed can affect the export of Pak mangoes to Iran in the future.
Ministry of National Food Security and Research Assistant Chief Muhammad Khurram Jamshaid on 26th June 2020 wrote a letter to the plant protection adviser and Department of Plant Protection (DPP) director-general to investigate the hot water treatment plants and submit a report to the Plant Protection Organisation of Iran.
The letter stated, “A technical team will conduct an audit of the six plants strictly under the standard operating procedures (SOPs) notified by the DPP and in line with the protocols agreed between NPPO, Iran and NPPO, Pakistan, in light of an inspection report of Iranian inspectors, and submit its fair and transparent inspection report on each plant separately to the ministry for perusal and approval of the competent authority before onward submission to the NPPO, Iran.”
Patron-in-Chief of the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) Waheed Ahmed said, “Pakistan’s mango industry is worth Rs100 billion, which employs a 22.5-million workforce. Despite these clear directives, the audit has been delayed at the cost of our credibility.”
In the Multan region, there are 6 hot water treatment plants. The technical team will also conduct a yearly audit of Ramazan Associates, Multan.
He said, “Iranian authorities could have come themselves had the coronavirus not hit the country. In that case, it would be an embarrassing situation for the country.”