Post by Ismail AbdulAzeez on May 17, 2019 19:58:48 GMT 1
Huge potentials for pawpaw export exist as more European consumers are becoming familiar with papayas. Basically, all papaya imports into Europe originate in developing countries.
Nigeria is not an exception, the country is blessed with several plantations of the fruit crop. The above development indicates massive opportunities for you in exporting pawpaw abroad for impressive income.
Pawpaw also known as Papaya (Carica papaya) is the oval or pear-shaped
fruit of a large tree-like plant. The plant is sensitive to frost, and it can be grown only in tropical regions.
Two kinds of pawpaw are commonly grown. One has sweet, red or orange flesh, and the other has yellow flesh. Whichever kind it is, when picked green, it is called a "green papaya".
Product Specification for Pawpaw Export
Papayas are known to be difficult to handle, due to their relatively short shelf life and delicateness. The fruit bruises easily, so the fruit should be handled in conditions that are able to withstand transport in order for produce to arrive in satisfactory condition at their destination.
Papaya's storage temperature should be maintained at 10 degrees Celsius to prevent over-ripening due to heat and decay due to cold temperatures. When exporting papayas, you must ensure the fruits are:
Whole and sound - firm and fresh in appearance.
Clean - practically free of any visible foreign matter.
Free of damage caused by pests that may affect the general appearance of the fruit.
Free of any foreign smell and/or taste.
Free of abnormal external moisture.
Proper labelling: Consumer package labelling must be in accordance with the rules and regulations that apply in the European market. Labels must contain adequate information like, the name of the product, shelf life, etc. Labels, usually are not allowed to contain any toxic ink or glue.
Good Packaging: Package must ensure proper protection for the produce. The packaging should be new, clean and of sufficient quality to prevent damage to the product.
European Market Opportunities for Exporters
The leading importers of fresh papaya are Germany and the Netherlands. These countries also show the highest import growth. Portugal and Spain also import large quantities of papayas.
You can target these European markets for your export sales by trying to establish contacts there. You can do this by aggressive online marketing, showcasing your fresh market produce or by affiliation with renowned export consultants, like THE THY CONSULTING. This will give you easy market entrance and establishment.
The European market for Papaya is indeed growing, lucrative and open to prospective exporters with good returns on investment. The produce is easy to get and exporting it is not burdensome. Maintaining consistent supply of fresh and quality produce will give you an edge and keep you in business.
Poorly ripened or damaged papayas will have a negative effect on consumer experience. The required start-up capital is reasonable, you can start with as low as 100,000. One of the good things about the business is that you can start small and grow to be a big merchant.