The government of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province has increased the daily import of Afghan vegetables and fruits from 12 to 100 vehicles per day. This was done to ensure the availability of perishable items in local markets at a cheaper price.
Chief Minister Mahmood Khan was informed about the increase in the number of vehicles during a meeting about price control mechanisms in the province. Mahmood said currently, the number of vehicles bringing fruits and vegetables to North Waziristan had been increased to contain prices.
A statement issued here said the initiative was meant to ensure the availability of fruits and vegetable at a cheaper price and it allowed the import of perishable items, including potato, spinach, cabbage, onion, peas, radish, bitter gourd, grapes, apples and pomegranate, which were further transported to other districts of the province.
The meeting was attended by chief secretary Dr Kazim Niaz, adviser to the chief minister on merged districts Ajmal Wazir, principal secretary to the chief minister Shahab Ali Shah, relief secretary Abid Majeed and other officials.
According to dawn.com¸ the chief minister directed the relevant authorities to focus on items directly affecting the underprivileged segments of society along with directing to encourage import of vegetables and fruits from Afghanistan.