Karachi: The first-ever trial shipment of Sindhri mangoes for high-end super markets of Europe has been dispatched directly from two orchards in Sindh province. Eight such shipments are taking place from across the country.
Pack houses have been set up at the two farms in Sindh where mango fruits go through hot water treatment amidst modern farming practices, a pre-requisite for sale in European and other developed countries’ super markets. Two more pack houses are being set up in the province.
The growers who have exported mangoes directly from their farms are Global GAP (good agriculture practices) certified farmers. They have been improving their farming practices over the years.
As part of the USAID project, farmers were provided with equipment for hot water treatment, grading, packing, blast chilling and cold storage besides picking of fruits as per required methodology. After applying modern farming techniques, the fruit-Sindhri- was directly exported in refer containers from farm to seaport to foreign markets which is inexpensive as compared to by air freight.
Normally growers lease out their farms to contractors who market the crop the way they prefer. Orchard owners borrow money from contracts which is adjusted against the sales. However, for global GAP certified farmers, pack houses are an innovation and a new experience.