Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Oranges and mangoes in Pakistan (Part II)

Another story of sweet success from the Australia-Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP)..

Ms Aasia Akbar is a woman on a mango mission. A food technologist researcher from the Institute of Food Management Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam-Pakistan, she has worked out how to use the whole mango to make a swathe of delicious products such as mango pickle, jam, jelly, slices and squash.

Women at the training workshop

Under the ASLP, Ms Akbar's know-how is being passed on to rural women in Sindh province to give them opportunities to improve their livelihoods. 30 rural women including housewives and smallholder farmers from different districts were selected for this activity.

The women were trained in the preparation of various products from fallen, unripe, semi-ripe and ripe mangoes. Many products were made from fruit or fruit parts that would otherwise be wasted.

This project has also assisted the women in product packaging and labeling, and marketing techniques.

Market research has indicated that the mango products have great selling potential. Now that the women can produce top-quality goods, the next step will be to offer the products to local rural and semi-urban markets. Mmmm mangoes...

By Dr Wendy Henderson (ACIAR Communications)

More information:
The Australia-Pakistan Agriculture Sector Linkages Program is a collaboration between many Australian and Pakistan institutions, funded by the Australian Government.

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