Arriving in country facing devastating floods, 50 trucks carrying vegetables from Iran and Afghanistan came into Pakistan through the Taftan and Chaman borders. Arshad Hussain, a senior official of the Quetta Customs Collectorate said: “Over the last two days, 50 large-body trucks entered Pakistan through the Friendship Gates of Taftan and Chaman. We received 27 trucks of fresh tomatoes and onions from Iran on Friday which were carrying 660 tons of onions and tomatoes while 13 trucks reached yesterday.”
As Pakistan faces the brunt of unprecedented floods, the prices of these two commodities and other vegetables have gone up and the entire country is facing a shortage of vegetables. The federal government has urged the private sector to import tomatoes and onions from Iran and Afghanistan. Due to the increased prices of onions and tomatoes, the government also abolished the duty on these vegetables for 90 days.