ISLAMABAD: Indonesia has doubled Pakistan’s Kinnow import season from January to April after review of Preferential Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.Initially, import of Kinnow from Pakistan was restricted to months of February and March only which has now been doubled from January to April.According to the sources in the commerce ministry, official notification to this effect has been issued by the Indonesian government.
Owing to the success of the economic diplomacy of the government, the popular demand of the Kinnow exporters has been met by enhancing the access to Indonesian market.
The Kinnow, a sub form of Oranges is smaller in size but tastes relatively similar.Kinnow is a cross between the King and Willow leaf species of citrus fruits created after successful experimentation at the Citrus Research Centre University of California USA in 1951. Both of these parent breeds have Indo-China origins.The soil and climatic conditions in Pakistan have given the Kinnow a unique flavor, which distinguishes it from other comparable mandarins grown in the world.
Kinnow is one of the best varieties of fresh mandarins. Primarily, it is in close relation with tangerine similar in taste.