Congressman targets Pakistani mangoes

05/02/2012 04:14:00 PM
Andy Nelson

A U.S. congressman is criticizing $30 million in funding to help increase imports of mangoes from Pakistan.

Rep. Tom Reed, Republican of New York, said in a statement that U.S. Agency for International Development funds for Pakistani mango imports is an “example of egregious and wasteful government spending.”

“This is ridiculous,” Reed said in the April 25 statement. “While domestic fruit farmers struggle to get by, we aid Pakistani farmers? Our national debt stands at more than $15.3 trillion, yet we borrow money that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back in order to boost Pakistani mangoes.”

Reed said he would look very closely at future funding for USAID.

“This just demonstrates how dysfunctional our government has become when $30 million can be wasted without anyone stopping the expense.”

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service gave the green light for Pakistani mango imports.

The first shipments arrived in the U.S. in July 2011. Quantities were limited — three shipments totaling less than 15,000 pounds.



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Matt    
Watsonville  |  May, 02, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I agree with Rep. Reed... I believe for $30Million I could get 16K LBS. from Mango trees in Alaska... I could drive the $14.2B "bridge to nowhere" to plant the trees, send money...

Aamir    
New York  |  May, 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM

The Congressman should taste Pakistani mangoes first before condemning them. They are among the best in the world and if the US consumer now has a choice in mangoes , whats the problem ? Congressman really wants to cut money he should try to slash the massive military budget.

Ahsan    
Los Angeles  |  May, 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Who gets this money ? If a government agency is getting this money it will be pocketed by the government officials.

Aaron    
New York  |  May, 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM

its not about helping Pakistani farmers or wasting tax payers money. It's about what Pakistani in the US want to eat and willing to spend thier money just as they pay for Mangoes from other south american countries. The congressman has no issue importing mangoes from South American countries so why Pakistani mangoes are targeted. Domestic fruite farmemer can't even come close to Pakistani mangoes.

mujeeb lodhi    
newyork  |  July, 11, 2012 at 07:35 PM

i promise if mr reed taste one pakistani "mango" he will be change person.

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