ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (APP): Export of fresh fruits from the country during first two months of current financial year registered an increase of 56.99 percent as compared to the corresponding period of last financial year.
About 74,297 metric tons of fresh fruit of different kinds worth US$ 61.586 million were exported during the period from July-August, 2016 as against the exports of same period of last year.
The fruit exports from the country during July-August, 2015 were recorded at 49,036 million tons valuing US$ 39.230 million, according the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
However, vegetable exports decreased by 43.11 percent during the period under review and it was recorded at 73,944 metric tons worth US$ 18.849 million as against the exports of 127,810 metric tons valuing US$ 33.131 million of same period of last financial year.
In first two-months of current financial year, no quantity of leguminous vegetables (pulses) were export as compared to the same period of last year, it added.
Meanwhile, wheat exports from the country witnessed 100 percent increase in first two months of current financial year as about 200 metric tons of wheat exported as against the exports of same period of last year.
The country earned US$ 0.77 million by exporting the surplus wheat to different countries as the export of the commodity was recorded at zero level during first two month of last financial year.
From July-August, 2016, exports of nuts, oil seed and kernals grew by 134.96 percent and 1,948 metric tons of above mention commodities were exported to earn US$ 3.468 million as compared to the exports of 1,080 metric tons valuing US$ 1.46 million of same period last year.
It is worth mentioning here that food group exports from the country during first two months registered an decrease of 23.15 percent as it came down from US$ 514.218 million to US$ 395.188 million.
On the other hand, import of the food group in the country swell by 15 percent as county spent US$ 883.348 million to fulfill the local needs of food items including milk, cream and milk food for infants, spices, tea soyabean and palm oil import.
The import of the food group during first two months of last financial year was recorded at US$ 786.148 million.