Pak com­modi­ties wel­comed in world mar­ket

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

LA­HORE: Pun­jab Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Dr Far­rukh Javed has said that 120,000 met­ric tons of pota­toes had been ex­ported to other coun­tries in­clud­ing Rus­sia, Sri-Lanka, United Arab Emi­rates, and Mal­dives dur­ing last three months.

In a state­ment here on Mon­day, the min­is­ter said that In­dian goods were banned in Europe, Amer­ica, Rus­sia and other coun­tries but Pak­istani com­modi­ties are wel­comed all over the world due to its best qual­ity.

He said, due to bumper potato crop in the prov­ince this year it was de­cided to ex­port it on a mas­sive level. "We in co­op­er­a­tion with fed­eral govern­ment con­tacted the farm­ers and ex­porters who re­sponded pos­i­tive in this re­gard," he added.

The min­is­ter said that Pak­istani farm­ers were de­voted and hard work­ing and the govern­ment was tak­ing var­i­ous steps to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where farm­ers might earn good prof­its.

Giv­ing de­tails, he said that 34,483 met­ric ton pota­toes were ex­ported to UAE, 41,283 met­ric ton to Sri Lanka, 11,231 to Malaysia, 2,977 to Qatar, 18,637 to Bahrain, 6,989 to Oman, 1,045 to Kuwait, 191 to Mal­dives, 492 to Sin­ga­pore, 875 to Rus­sia and 59 met­ric tons to So­ma­lia.

He said that there was no duty on the ex­port of pota­toes and govern­ment was fa­cil­i­tat­ing the ex­porters.

The min­is­ter said that potato had been cul­ti­vated over 400,000 acres this year which was 3.5 per cent higher than the last year, adding that keep­ing in view the av­er­age pro­duc­tion of last five years at 3.36 mil­lion tons (95%) in Pun­jab, there would be still a sur­plus at least 0.3 mil­lion tons min­i­mum in Pun­jab which should be ex­ported.

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