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Pakistan's exporters oppose minimum purchase price

Uniform rate for kinnows could jeopardise exports

Pakistan’s local Punjab government has fixed a uniform rate of Rs1,000 per mound for kinnow fruit. Declaring the decision taken by the Sargodha Deputy Commissioner as an illegitimate step, the All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) has sent letters to the Federal Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFSR), demanding a serious notice of the “unlawful” action.

According to the association, the deputy commissioner’s office has gone beyond its legal jurisdiction, as it does not enjoy any legal privilege nor is authorised to fix the rate of kinnows.

Kinnow exporters have expressed apprehension over the announcement of minimum purchase price of Rs1,000 per 40 kilogramme for the citrus and have voiced fears that the decision may badly hurt exports in the current fiscal year.


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