In a press release issued on Tuesday, All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters Association's Mian Waheed Ahmed stated that the export volume saw a 12+ percent increase. He said that the export of fruits had improved by 3.8 percent as compared to last year while the vegetables reflected an increase in export by 28 percent.
Mian Waheed Ahmed said that the PFVA translated the COVID-19 challenges into opportunities by enhancing exports and adopted realistic strategies with the special attention paid by the federal government to the international markets of Iran and Afghanistan.
He said that the country grabbed this unique opportunity and enhanced export of kinnows, potatoes and onions despite serious issues of transportation and logistics arising from the pandemic. During the peak of the pandemic, Pakistan exported delicious and highly nutrient mangoes to many countries of the world, he said.
Waheed added that besides maintaining consistency in exports’ enhancement of fruits and vegetables, it was also imperative to take necessary steps to further boost the export of this sector. To attain this objective, the PFVA had presented a comprehensive road map titled ‘Horticulture Vision 2030’ to the government, which had been developed with extensive consultation with all concerned stakeholders of the horticulture sector of all the provinces.