Pakistani fruit exporters want to capture Iranian market

Islamabad, Feb 6, IRNA - Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has urged the government to help open up market of Iran for exports of kinnow and other fruits, state media reported.

Patron in Chief of PFVA Waheed Ahmed said, “If Iran issues us import permit, we have an Iranian market of 70,000 to 80,000 tonnes. The government should help us in opening the Iranian market as the fruit and vegetables are coming from Iran but not being exported from Pakistan.“

Waheed said Pakistani exporters broke the record in 2017-18 by exporting 370,000 tonnes of kinnow and earned foreign exchange of $220 million.

Last year Pakistan had exported 125,000 tonnes of kinnow at the rate of $500 per tonne against its target of 350,000 tonnes for the ongoing season which would end in March/April.

The major export destinations for Pakistani kinnow were Russia, the Philippines, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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