Infected Pak chillies banned by EU

December 15th, 2007 - 5:33 pm ICT by admin  

Karachi, Dec 15 (ANI): The European Union has finally imposed a ban on export of chilies from Pakistan because the commodity has been found infected with a disease called Aflatoxin.
The growers and exporters blamed Sindh government for delay in providing proper infrastructure facilities and a research institute at Kunri, the largest market of chilies in the sub-continent.
Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) President Syed Qamar Zaman Shah said that the provincial agriculture department had to set up a chilies research institute at Kunri, in order to get remedy from possible Aflatoxin infection, which was hampering export of the commodity.
He said that a meeting of Sindh agriculture department and stakeholders had decided that chilies storage and mechanical drying facilities would also be developed at Kunri.
“We are still waiting for green signal to send a delegation to India for procurement of storage technology and negotiations on importing machinery and acquiring expertise,” the Daily Times quoted Shah, as saying.
He said the meeting with Agriculture Secretary Nazar Hussain Mahar and stakeholders had discussed problems being faced by the sector regarding storage, production, export and development of fungus of crop. (ANI)

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