Fruit exports increase 4.1pc to $415.9m

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 768,202 metric tonnes of fruits, worth $415.978 million, were exported from the country during the financial year ended on June 30, 2019, as compared the corresponding period of last year.

During the financial year 2018-19, fruit exports from the country witnessed about 4.12pc growth as against the same period of last year, according to the data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. In the corresponding period of FY18, the export of fruits was recorded at 696,648 metric tonnes, valuing $399.515 million, it added.

However, the data revealed that export of vegetables decreased by 2.31pc as about 1.029 million metric tonnes of vegetables of different kinds, worth $234.845 million, were exported as compared the exports of 880,848 metric tonnes of vegetables, valuing $240.400 million, during the same period last year.

On a month-on-month basis, the export of above-mentioned commodities registered a growth as fruit exports grew by 0.94pc in June 2019, as compared the same month of last year.

In June, about 31,110 metric tonnes of fruits worth $22.164 million were exported as compared the exports of 24,278 metric tonnes, valuing of $21.958 million, in the same month of last year.

The country fetched $13.894 million by exporting about 53,229 metric tonnes of vegetables in June 2019 as against the exports of 49,296 metric tonnes, worth $11.507 million, in the same period of last year.

It may be recalled that food group exports from the country recorded about 3.93pc reduction in FY2018-19, as food commodities worth $4.609 billion were exported as against the exports of $4.797 billion in the same period of last year.

On the other hand, food group imports into the country during the period under review decreased by 8.35pc as compared the imports of the corresponding period of last year.

During the period from July-June 2018-19, imports of the food commodities came down from $6.184 billion to $5.668 billion.

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