At the start of this week, Patron in Chief of Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) Waheed Ahmed urged his government to help in opening up the market of Iran in order to increase the export of kinnow and other fruits.
He said Pakistani traders had been facing problems in exporting fruits and vegetables to Iran: “If Iran issues us import permits, we have an Iranian market of 70,000 to 80,000 tons. The government should help us in opening the Iranian market, as the fruit and vegetables are coming in from Iran but are not being exported from Pakistan. We are facing an issue regarding exports to Iran for the last seven years as Iran is not issuing the import permits.”
Waheed said Pakistani exporters broke the record in 2017-18 by exporting 370,000 tons of kinnow and earned foreign exchange of $220 million. Kinnow exports to Russia increased by 900 containers last year, he said.