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Govt set to export another 1m tons of potato

STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said that Pakistan is capable of exporting up to one million tons of potato because of its bumper crop this year. 
Around 32,000 metric tons of local potato has already been exported to Russia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and UAE so far, he said while presiding over a meeting related to potato exports here.
The minister said that the potato growers in Punjab got a bumper crop and its total production had gone to 3.7 million tons. 
This will reach four million tons with the utmost effort of our farmers. It is 35pc higher than the previous year’s potato production, he added.
The minister asked the Plant Protection Department to facilitate farmers in getting quality control certificates so more local growers could be accommodated in the export.


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