Pakistan has potential to become top citrus fruit exporter

Pakistan is the ninth largest citrus exporter in the world in terms of volume. In 2019, more than US$14.9 billion of citrus fruit was traded across the world. Despite this fact, the average price per tonne is significantly lower than that of its competitors.

While Pakistani citrus fruit and the average price for kinnows in the international market is around US$ 368 per tonne, similar products from Spain, Canada, USA, Netherlands, South Africa, etc. fetch more than US$ 900 per tonne in the global market.

According to Fruits, Vegetables and Condiments Statistics of Pakistan 2018-19, different varieties of fruits are cultivated on an area of more than 746,628 hectares with a total production of more than 6,963,577 tonnes.

As per Trade Map’s global fruit exports data, Pakistan’s fruit exports are 0.3% of world fruit exports and is ranked at 42nd number as compared to other countries. In FY 2019, US$398.77million worth of fruits and nuts were exported by Pakistan, while current world fruits and nuts trade stands at US$135 billion.


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