Export of fruits increases upto 56.99% during current year

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ISLAMABAD: The exports of fresh fruits from the country during first two months of current financial year registered an increase of 56.99 percent, as compared to the corresponding period of last financial year.

About 74,297 metric tonnes of fresh fruit of different kinds worth $ 61.586 million were exported during the period from July-August this year, as against the exports of same period of last year.

According to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the fruit exports from the country during July-August, 2015 were recorded at 49,036 million tonnes worth $39.230 million.

The exports of nuts, oil seed and kernals grew by 134.96 percent from July-August this year and 1,948 metric tonnes of above mentioned commodities, were exported to earn $3.468 million, as compared to the exports of 1,080 metric tonnes worth $1.46 million of same period last year.

However, vegetable exports decreased by 43.11 percent during the period under review and it was recorded at 73,944 metric tonnes worth $18.849 million, as against the exports of 127,810 metric tonnes worth $33.131 million of same period of last financial year, it said.

No quantity of leguminous vegetables (pulses) were exported, as compared to the same period of last year, it added. Meanwhile, wheat exports from the country witnessed 100 percent increase in first two months of the current financial year, as about 200 metric tonnes of wheat exported against the exports of same period of last year, the data said.

The country earned $0.77 million by exporting the surplus wheat to different countries, as the export of the commodity was recorded at zero level during first two months of last financial year, it added.

It is worthwhile to mention here that food group exports from the country during first two months registered a decrease of 23.15 percent, as it came down from $514.218 million to $395.188 million.

On the other hand, the import of the food group in the country swell by 15 percent, as county spent $883.348 million to fulfill the local needs of food items including milk, cream and milk food for infants, spices, tea soybean and palm oil import.

Source: APP

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