Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority has compiled recommendations for creation of Citrus Development Board to enhance exports of Kinnow from Pakistan

Lahore, February 08, 2016 (PPI-OT): Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), on advice of the Prime Minister , has compiled recommendations for creation of Citrus Development Board (CDB) to enhance exports of Kinnow from Pakistan. It was disclosed by Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer of SMEDA in a statement issued here after a meeting with stakeholders of Citrus Sector.

CEO SMEDA informed that Prime Minister had formed a high-level Committee on development of Citrus sector with SMEDA as a member. The Committee, during its last meeting held in Ministry of National Food Security, had assigned SMEDA to interact with stakeholders of Citrus Sector to formulate viable recommendations for establishment of the proposed Citrus Development Board, he said adding that consequently a meeting with stakeholders of citrus sector was held the other day in Zahid Kinnow factor, Bhalwal, which was attended by representatives of growers, exporters, processors, research institutes and the related government departments.

Mr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry informed that the stakeholders were grateful to the Prime Minister for taking interest in development of Citrus sector. They were confident that creation of Citrus Development Board will help overcome the barriers hindering increase in exports of Kinnow from Pakistan, he said. He informed that Pakistan was exporting Kinnow worth US $ 192 million every year, which is 1.5% of the total Citrus trade in the world. He told that a target of capturing 5% share from the total world Citrus Trade for Pakistan had been set for next five year, which will raise exports of Pakistani Kinnow from US$ 192 million to US$ 600 million per anum.

CEO SMEDA told that SMEDA had completed its recommendations for development of Citrus sector, which would be taken up with the Committee in its next meeting. He told that the recommendations included various initiatives for capacity building, marketing, financing and international certification of Citrus sector besides production of seedless Kinnow and creation of the Citrus Development Board for implementation of the proposed development proposals.

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