Vegetables export witness 60.30% increase in five months

ISLAMABAD : Vegetable exports from the country during first five months of current financial year registered an increase of 60.30 percent as compared to exports of corresponding period of last year.

During the period from July-November, 2015, about 233,244 metric tons of fresh vegetables of different varieties  worth US$ 67.440 million exported.

The exports of fresh vegetable during the same period of last financial year were recorded at 136,318 metric tons worth US$ 112.224 million, said the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.

Meanwhile, meat and meat preparation exports from the country also registered growth of 28.46 percent and reached at 31,347 metric tons worth US$ 108.160 million.

Meat and meat preparations export was registered at 27,083 metric tons valuing US$ 84.199 million of corresponding period last year, the data reveled.

During the period from July-November, country earned US$ 27.078  million by exporting spices as about 7,200 metric tons of spices were exported as compared to exports of 6,703 metric tons worth US$ 32.96 million of corresponding period of last year.

However, during the period under review overall food group exports remained on down track as it decreased by 8.08 percent and reached at US$ 1.447 billion as compared the exports of US$ 1.607 billion of same period last year.

Wheat exports from the country during first five months of current financial year registered 100 percent increased as compared to exports of corresponding period of last financial year

During the period from July-November, 2015, about 1,181 metric tons of wheat worth US$ 0.248 million exported which was 100 up as compared to same period of last year.

On the other hand, food group import also decreased by 6.94 percent in  first five months of current financial, year as compared to same period of last year.

Imports of food commodities from period July-November, 2015 were recorded at US$ 2.218 billion as compared to the imports of US$ 2.384 billion of same period of last year, the data added.

The commodities which recorded decrease in their exports including wheat by 100 percent, palm oil by 9.65 percent and other food items by 16.48 percent.

The commodities with negative growth in their exports during first five months of current financial year including rice by 6.85 percent, basmati rice by 30.35 percent fish and fish preparation decreased by 10.52 percent.

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