Mango Festival was organized in collaboration of Embassy of Pakistan and Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company, Ministry of Commerce in China. The festival displayed different types of Mangos, the king of fruits. Large numbers of people were attracted by this festival including high Chinese officials and businessmen.
Masood Khalid, Pakistan Ambassador to China spoke on the festival informing that the aim of the event was to introduce the famous Pakistani mangoes among Chinese community as part of Pakistan Independence Day celebrations. Going into the history the ambassador said that for the first time Chairman Mao Zedong introduced Pakistani mangoes in China by gifting them to China Community Party (CPC) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
He enlightened the audience about 400 varieties of Pakistani mangoes each of which is the best in the world. In Pakistan, mangos are called King of Fruits and are grown in agricultural provinces of the country, Sind, and Punjab. They are grown in months between May to September ‘Chaunsa’ and ‘Sindhri’ are the most popular types of mangos as the ambassador informed.
The ambassador also talked about the export of mangos stating that in the Middle East, Europe and also the USA there is high demand of Pakistani mangos. In China, they are exported in limited quantity which would increase by next year.
The ambassador focused on Pak-China relationship, how it has lasted 70 years and how CPEC project would further enhance that relationship.
In terms of agriculture and fruit fields, the ambassador encouraged Chinese companies to establish processing and manufacturing units in the country. Also, he praised Pakistani exporters Khalid Ejaz Qureshi of Roshan Enterprises and Mazhar Abro of Sindh Mango Growers and Exporters Association for boosting export of Pakistani mangoes in China.