Vegetable exports surge 71pc to $236m

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ISLAMABAD: Vegetable exports from the country during the first eight months of current financial year witnessed an increase of about 71.8pc as compared the corresponding period of last year.

About 649,183 metric tonnes of vegetables ($236.755 million) were exported during the July-Feb FY20 period, as against the exports of 614.716 metric tonnes ($138.372 million) during the same period of FY19.

According to data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the export of fresh fruits from the country grew by 1.61pc during the first eight months of the current financial year, from 629,026 metric tonnes ($341.007 million) last year to 687,932 metric tonnes ($346.508 million) this year.

Meanwhile, the export of leguminous remained down, as zero quantity of the commodity was exported during the period under review.

Also, wheat exports decreased by 89.68pc in 8MFY20, from 515,002 metric tonnes ($110.838 million) last year to 48,883 metric tonnes ($11.993 million) this year.

It may be recalled that food commodities worth $3.033 billion were exported in the first eight months of FY20, as against $2.875 billion worth of commodities exported in the corresponding period of last year.

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