Pakistan authorities stop banana trade via Line of Control-zone

Authorities in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) have asked their counterparts on the Indian side of the Line of Control (the military controlled zone between Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir) to stop sending bananas via LoC trade, saying the fruit is “infected with ‘some’ disease”.

In a letter to the Trade Facilitation Centre, Salamabad, Uri, the PaK authorities today reported that bananas exported to that side of LoC are disease infested. However, the PaK authorities have not specified the disease with which the bananas allegedly are infected.

The volume of bananas through LoC trade is extremely high compared to other fruits being traded between the divided parts of Kashmir. The sudden import ban is likely to inflict huge losses to the traders of Kashmir. reported that in the 2011, the PaK authorities had similarly banned the import of red chillies via the LoC, claiming the imported chillies were infected with Aflatoxin, an extremely toxic and carcinogenic fungus.

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