Pakistan has registered record increases in fruit and vegetable exports despite the coronavirus epidemic.
In the 2019-20 financial year, the country saw a 12.5% increase in fruit and vegetable exports to $ 730 million, the highest level in terms of foreign trade, according to a statement issued by All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, and vendors (APFVA). Last year, fruit exports improved by 3.8% while vegetables showed an increase in exports by 28%. Fruit exports accounted for $ 431.27 million, while vegetable exports accounted for $ 30 million.
Waheed Ahmed, Patron-in-Chief of APFVA said when international trade was facing severe challenges, it was almost impossible to ensure the delivery of Pakistani fruits and vegetables to imported countries due to epidemics and roadblocks, PFVA would translate these challenges into an opportunity to improve exports and acceptance. Logical strategies. The federal govt. Expand all support and assistance to all exporters and make timely decisions in removing barriers to strengthening exports.
Faced with the difficulty of air shipping, Pakistan took another export route by sea and sea routes. Special attention was given to Iran and Afghanistan and the federal govt. Immediately resolve the issues in shipments made to Iran and Afghanistan that have led to improved exports, read this statement.
Since, when the global coronavirus epidemic is in full swing, the world is sorely lacking in fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins to alleviate the effects of the pandemic, Pakistan took advantage of this unique opportunity and improved the export of Oranges, potatoes, and onions despite major transportation problems & epidemics.
During the outbreak of the epidemic, Pakistan exported delicious and nutritious mangoes to many countries of the world. The broader PFVA efforts have also reduced the cost of burning aircraft by the P.I.A in non-U.A.E countries transporting retailers outside the competition to these highly demanding and competitive markets.
Similarly, after a ban on the export of onions by India, the PFVA convinced the government. Raising a temporary limit on the import of Pakistani onions has led to an increase in exports while the price of onions and potatoes remains stable in the local market, and investors have benefited from this firmness.
Pakistan Can Easily Improve Exports Of Fruits And Vegetables
Waheed said in addition to maintaining consensus on the increase in exports of fruits and vegetables; it was also essential to take the necessary steps to improve the export of the sector. To achieve this goal, PFVA has presented a comprehensive road map entitled “Horticulture Vision – 2030” to govt. Has been developed through extraordinary consultation with stakeholders involved in the agricultural sector in all provinces and outlines sector issues and practical solutions.
This document highlights short-term, medium-term, and long-term solutions and departmental challenges. By successfully implementing the agricultural concept, Pakistan could increase fruit and vegetable exports to $ 1 billion over two years, $ 1 billion over five years, and $ 6 billion.
Another encouraging aspect of this vision is providing employment opportunities within five years to 1.8 million people directly involved in the sector and 3 million people over ten years. The Federal Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has begun consulting with stakeholders on the revision of the Trade Policy Action Plan (STPF) for the next five years.