In the first two months of the fiscal year 2021-22, vegetable exports increased by 83% over the same period last year.
Vegetables worth $38 million were exported between July and August, compared to $ 20 million in the same period last year.
According to the data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, tobacco exports have increased by 48% to $ 5 million from $3 million in the same period last year. Fruit exports also increased by 23.49 percent.
Fruits worth $ 87 million have been exported in the current financial year, compared to $ 70 million in the same period last year.
Meanwhile, exports of all other food items declined by 81.68 percent, as food items worth $ 151 million were exported in the current financial year as against $ 83 million in the same period last year.
In early October, fruit and vegetable exporters opposed the proposed ban on tomatoes and onions.
Members of the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers, and Merchants Association say they wonder why the government thought of banning tomato exports.
He said that local tomatoes were not exported mainly because they did not meet the requirements of the international market and because the production alone was not enough to meet the local demand.
According to members, criticizing the government for banning the export of onions, they said that last year’s shortage was the result of bad weather conditions. Exporters said that there was a big difference in onion harvesting in Sindh and Balochistan last year as unfavorable climate created an imbalance in supply and demand which led to a sharp rise in prices last year.
He said that farmers in Sindh were anxious to take advantage of the situation, they started harvesting ahead of time. Exporters insisted that the export of substandard onions would tarnish the image of domestic products.
According to horticulture exporters, the gap between Sindh and Balochistan’s crops was small and the country was expecting a bumper crop this year.
He said that the supply of onions could stabilize the prices in the local market and ensure the export of good quality products.
Farmers in Sindh had started harvesting onions a few days ago and full production is expected in the next two weeks.