ISLAMABAD—Food exports have increased by 17.58 percent during the first half of current fiscal year as against the same period of last year. The overall food exports during July-December (2011-12) were recorded at $ 1.888 billion against $ 1.605 billion during July-December (2010-11), according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The products that contributed positively from food group included wheat, whose exports increased by 100 percent during the period with $ 94.274 million against nil last year. Similarly, the exports of leguminous vegetables (pulses) increased by 100 percent from nil last fiscal year to $11.513 million
during the first half of 2011-12, the date revealed. Other commodities, whose exports witnessed positive growth, included fish and fish preparations from $131.941 million last year to $153.682 million during the current year, showing an increase of 16.48 percent. During the period under review, the exports of fruits increased by 8.94 percent from $132.839 million to $144.714 million while those of tobacco increased from $6.988 million last year to $11.513 million, showing an increase of 64.75 percent.
Similarly, the exports of spices increased by 8.91 percent (from $20.667 million to $22.509 million), oil seeds, nuts and kernels by 72.87 percent (from $6.543 million to $11.311 million while the exports of meat and meat preparations increased by 23.33 percent (from $69.557 million to $85.787 million).
The exports of all other food commodities increased by 134.60 percent by going up from $175.444 million to $411.600 million, the data revealed. On the other hand, the exports of rice witnessed negative growth of 10.69 percent during the period under review. The rice exports decreased from $1,019.466 million last year to $ 910.446 million this year.
Among the rice commodities, the exports of Basmati decreased by 17.02 percent and other qualities by 5.16 percent. Export of vegetables also decreased from $42.375 million last year to $39.911 million this year, showing decrease of 5.81 percent.—Agencies