PFVA takes steps to draft fruit, vegetables sector policy

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STAFF REPORT KHI: The All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has initiated measures to develop a national and export policy for the agriculture sector for the next 10 years, keeping in view the decline in the number of varieties of various fruits and vegetables, their lower yield per acre and gradual drop in exports.

“The association has initiated the process of developing the national and export policy for the agriculture sector, especially for fruits and vegetables, for the next 10 years,” said Waheed Ahmed, Chairman of PFVA adding the policy would be finalized next year.

Initially, the policy paper will aim at increasing exports of fruits and vegetables to $7 billion in the next 10 years from $625 million earned in the fiscal year 2013, he said.

“We will also seek help from plant production departments of the government from each province of the country and the association has already send letters to them,” he said.

“PFVA has also signed an MoU memorandum of understandings with the two universities for this purpose,” he said, adding that the association has also met officials of PCSIR,” revealed Ahmed.

He further said that the country has already started importing potato, onion, tomato, wheat and a few other items. And if we do not wake up and set focus on agriculture productions, then it will become a major food item importing country in the next five to six years.


Published in: Volume 04 Issue 33

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