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Floods also cause massive price hikes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Pakistan officials call for restarting trade with India

Yesterday, the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Importers Exporters Merchants Association (PFVA) has called for immediate abolition of duties and taxes on the import of onions and tomatoes into Pakistan. PFVA Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmad stated: “More than 80% of the onion crop has been destroyed in Sindh due to floods. In addition, tomato crop has endured severe damage as well.”

He added that onions crop in Balochistan also took damage from the torrential rains and floods in the province. “To meet the demand of onion and tomatoes in the country, we have to initiate import from India.”

Ahmed attended a meeting at the Ministry of Commerce held to review agricultural commodities on Monday. Representing PFVA in the meeting, he urged the government to permit import of onions and tomatoes from India. The government has not paid heed to his request yet.

The prices of vegetables and fruits have gone up significantly due to the flash floods in many parts of the country. It is estimated that 30 million people have been directly affected by the floods, with most of them residing in the rural areas. Pakistan expects a hit of $10 billion to the economy due to the disaster.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Prices of various vegetables and fruits have massively surged in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa amid fears that they will continue to go up due to short supply in markets and damages to the crops by the floods. While a significant rise in the costs was being already anticipated, people are complaining that the sudden massive increase has rendered the essential items out of their approach.


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