Pakistan signs MoU for exporting onion to China

Islamabad: Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China for exporting onions to China, a move that will facilitate the export of the horticulture product to other neighboring countries.

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The protocol for inspection and quarantine requirements for export of onion from Pakistan to China between the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) and General Administration of Customs China (GACC) was signed by Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhr Imam and Chinese Ambassador Nong Rong in Islamabad.

The two sides reaffirmed that such initiatives would further strengthen relations between the two countries. Such trade-related memorandums of understanding would bring the people of the two countries even closer to each other, a statement said at the end of the ceremony.

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The minister stated that Pakistan has been exporting rice, mango and citrus to China after complying with phytosanitary import requirements of China. The instant Protocol would also create awareness about quarantine and phytosanitary compliance among Pakistan onion producers.

Under the protocol, the DPP will conduct pest surveys and implement internationally recognized and integrated pest management practices during the growing season of onion to ensure pest-free export of the produce to China.

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