KARACHI - Pakistani mangoes have become the center of attention in the largest retail chain of China “Wall Mart”.

The mangoes were shipped by a leading Pakistani exporter Durrani Associates through sea in July this year. Director of Durrani Associates Babar Khan Durrani said that Pakistan has taken a lead by exporting 40 tons of mango to China. India had registered for mango export to China in 2003 and Pakistan in 2006.

He said China is a big market and a three-member Chinese delegation will visit Pakistan to conclude an agreement for the purchase of 100 tons of mango.

The delegation will witness the working of latest mango treatment and quality control processes during the visit.

Durrani said Pakistani mangoes are in great demand in China due to their quality and taste and Pakistan can earn millions of dollars by exporting the king of fruit to China. He pointed out that Pakistan can enhance mango exports to China threefold in next three years.

He said Pakistan exports mangoes to 11 countries and is ranked fifth in global mango production. “We produce about 1.6 to 2 million tons of mangoes every year,” he added.