Pakistan’s fruit and vegetable export has reported a 12 per cent increase in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 generating US$ 730 million in valuable foreign exchange.
As per the data provided by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), Pakistan’s fruits exports increased by 28 per cent in FY 2020 as compared to previous 3.8 per cent in the previous year.
The 28 per cent increase in fruits exports generated US$431.27 million of foreign exchange, meanwhile vegetable exports were reported to be worth up to US$300 million.
Expressing his views on the export increase, Waheed Ahmed – Patron in Chief All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), said that the local businessmen and traders effectively and efficiently tackled the COVID-19 crisis and ensured timely delivery of export orders.
“Markets of Iran and Afghanistan were given special attention and the government promptly resolved all the issues faced by the businessmen in exporting fruits and vegetables to the bordering nations resulting in a spike in exports,” he noted.
Furthermore, Waheed Ahmed highlighted that during the strict coronavirus lockdown restrictions, Pakistan managed to export high quality mangoes, kinnow, potato and onion to various countries across the globe.
Meanwhile, Mr Ahmed also stressed upon the significance of research and development work in horticulture sector to further increase its productivity and profitability, while reducing liabilities and vulnerabilities in the field.