Pak commodities welcomed in world market
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.