Pakistán: Potato exports up 9.8 per cent
Pakistan’s export of potatoes rose 9.8 per cent, mainly because of robust production of the vegetable.
The data was shared by the Ministry of Commerce in a written reply to a question by MNA Riaz-ul-Haq. In the nation, potatoes are the fourth most significant crop in terms of bulk production after wheat, rice and maize.
Potato export value rose 9.8pc to $87.39m in 2020–21, up from $79.59m the previous year. This value is expected to grow further in the current fiscal year owing to a greater yield of potatoes in the current fiscal year.
Total potato production recorded at 5.742m tonnes in 2020–21, up from 4.428m tonnes the previous year, representing a 29.67pc increase. Punjab’s potato yields were 5.682m tonnes in 2020–21, accounting for 98.95pc of total production in the country.
Three other provinces - Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh - contributed to the remaining yields of potatoes in the country.