Friday, August 5, 2011
Mango--- The King Of The Fruits
Nature has bestowed Pakistan with several agricultural commodities as has given this country the wealth of minerals and natural sources. The agricultural commodities specially some fruits and cereal crops that are produced in Pakistan are unique and can not be grown in any any part of the country or do not have the same peculiar variety that is found in Pakistani's. The Basmati rice that has the aroma and is special to Pakistan is not the kind that is in Pakistani Basmati and this is specific to the soil of Lahore and Sheikhupura. The Dhaki dates grown in Dera Ismail Khan (KPK) , the Citrus Fruits and the Mangoes produced in Pakistan are sweet, full of nutrients and tasty that are not seen in any country.
The former First Lady and now the Foreign Secretary of the United States when tasted Multani Mangoes she liked it so much that she expressed her wish that Americans must eat the sweetest mangoes of Pakistan. So she did not forget her promise and arranged to import Multani "Chaunsa" mamgoe to the USA. To make this possible American embassy and Ambassador to Pakistan did home work and to make the export of Pakistani mangoes to other countries easier, have taken practical steps and under USAID program 15 processing plants are being instaled in different cities of Pakistan. This will give Pakistani produce access to foreign markets.
Pakistan has the largest production of mangoes after Kino and Orange, which is more than 1.8 million tons annually. Due to having no modern facilities to preserve the fruit only 1.25 million tons of mangoes could be exported. Majority of the quantity of this is exported to Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf States. Our politicians send gifts of mangoes to the head of states every year and this tradition was started by late politician Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan of Khan Garh, the home for mangoes production in Multan Division.
The countries that produce mangoes include India, China, Thailand,Brazil, Nigeria, Mexico, Philippine, Indonesia and Pakistan. But the taste and flavor that Pakistani mangoes have are not found in any one grown all over the world and in the countries topping the list in mangoe production.