Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan—the caretaker Punjab Minister for Agriculture has inaugurated the three-day mango festival at the Centaurus Mall in Islamabad on Friday.
The event was attended by many personnel including the Senior Vice President PGCL—Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, Ambassador to Turkmenistan—Atadjan Movlamov, Vice Chancellor MNS Agriculture University Multan—Dr Asif Ali and Executive Director Higher Education—Dr Arshad Ali. Many stalls have been set up in the multi-storey mall. Various breeds of mangoes have been displayed for attracting visitors.
As per the officials, the mango festival has been arranged by the Punjab Ministry of Agriculture in association with the management of The Centaurus, MNS Agriculture University Multan, inter-university consortium and the 7ocean association.
Presently there are many kinds of mangoes in the country, out of all the types only nine are registered. The known types of mangoes are Anwar Rathore, Langra, Chaunsa and Sindhri. These varieties of mangoes have got no match when it comes to taste in the complete world.
At the occasion of the inauguration, the media was informed that the Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan in a very short span of caretaker government has started the revolutionary initiatives for agriculture.
Sardar Tanveer has given a sum of rupees twenty million in a personal capacity as a donation to MNS Agriculture University Multan, which indeed is a very noble step.
The officials regarding this step said that this would serve as light and inspiration for others.
Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan while addressing the media on the occasion said that the basic objective of arranging the exhibition at the mall of Centaurus was not just to emphasize on the importance of Pakistani mangoes but also to increase the mangoes export and this exhibition would play a crucial role in highlighting the productivity of mangoes.
He added that the total production of mangoes in the year 2015-16 was nearly seven lac five thousand and eighty (1,705,080) tonnes whereas the export was just sixty-four thousand one hundred and twelve (64,112) tonnes.
In 2017 the Pakistani mangoes were exported to many nations including Japan, Lebanon, America, South Korea and Marakish.