Crops were destroyed across the country, may consider importing food items from India, Miftah Ismail

Federal Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has said that the government may consider importing vegetables and other food items from India for the convenience of the people as crops have been destroyed across the country due to the recent floods.

According to the report of Radio Pakistan, Miftah Ismail gave this statement in response to a question while holding a press conference in Islamabad.

It should be noted that today due to the destruction of crops due to floods in Balochistan and Sindh and reduced supply in the markets, the prices of tomatoes in the Karachi market have increased and the price of one kilo of tomato has increased to Rs.480 while the price of onion is Rs.200 per kilo. has reached

While the price of onion and tomato increased by Rs 60 to Rs 90 per kg, their price reached Rs 110 and Rs 150 per kg.

Along with this, capsicum is being sold at Rs 320 per kg, gourd at Rs 200 per kg and torai at Rs 160 per kg, while the price of cabbage has reached Rs 240 per kg, besides cucumbers at Rs 200 per kg, greens. Coriander and mint are being sold at Rs 30 per kg while okra is being sold at Rs 250 to 320 per kg.

Haji Shahjahan, president of Falahi Anjuman Wholesale Vegetable Market Superhighway, said that the arrival of tomatoes and onions in Balochistan has been limited to 10% while damage to crops, standing floodwaters and roads from Balochistan to Karachi have been affected. Due to heavy losses, only 30% of goods in Sindh are reaching the wholesale market.

It should be noted that on August 9, 2019, the federal cabinet suspended bilateral trade with the neighboring country after India’s unilateral move to change the special status of occupied Kashmir. On August 5, the Indian government canceled the special status of occupied Kashmir. Article 370 of the Constitution was repealed.

According to a Dawn report on February 21, 2022, former adviser on trade, textiles, industry and production and investment Abdul Razak Dawood said that trade with India is the need of the hour and beneficial for both countries.

In March 2021, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had announced that it would allow the private sector to import 5 lakh tonnes of sugar and cotton from India through the Wagah border, but the current coalition government and then opposition parties P.M. The decision was heavily criticized by L(N) and PPPK, which was withdrawn within days.

After the change of government on May 11, 2022 this year, the Federal Ministry of Commerce had said that the appointment of the Trade Minister should not be linked with the restoration of trade with India as no change has been made in the trade policy.

In a statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Commerce, despite the suspension of trade, the decision to appoint a Trade Minister in India was confirmed at the official level.

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