All stakeholders in kinnow production and exports have sought the government’s assistance in coping with the emerging challenges because of climate change and extreme weather events. Kinnow exports are expected to begin in the first week of December while the export price has been set at Rs2,000 per 40 kg, according to a notification of the district administration, because of lower output.
“Consumers may have to pay more for kinnow this time around,” remarked Ahmad Jawad, CEO of Pakistan Businesses Forum. In order to facilitate exporters, he stressed, the State Bank of Pakistan should timely issue E-forms and make special arrangements for establishing banking channels, for shipments particularly to the Iranian and Russian markets.
With average annual harvest of 2.4 million tons, the citrus fruit contributes about 30% to the total fruit production in Pakistan, which is increasing at an annual rate of 1.5% over the past two decades.