Package for horticulture exporters in upcoming budget demanded


Chairman Regional Standing Committee of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) Ahmad Jawad has demanded incentives for horticulture exporters in the upcoming budget.
Talking to group of fruit exporters on here on Tuesday, Ahmad Jawad said PHDEC didn’t work until ministry officials realize the important of this organization, mostly officials of commerce ministry believed that after 18th amendment, horticulture sector is now under the mandate of the provinces and federal government is nothing do with it.
He said they forget to know when you talk about exports of horticulture sector then it’s is the responsibility of commerce ministry to look after the affairs and problems of this sector; he added.
The FPCCI official said when kinnow or mango sector achieved the target of exports the commerce ministry was the first who stood up in front of media for taking the credit, but when it comes for some financial support then if and buts would be their answer.
Jawad further said it is unfortunate till now horticulture export policy didn’t formulate by the ministry despite repeated requests, so for so in the last four budgets, horticulture export sector was continually ignored by the officials of finance ministry.
He said that factually, in recent years, developing countries have created a space for themselves in this market, but they are not able to move beyond 4% to 5% of the world trade and in comparison Pakistan’s share is just 0.3 percent.—Agencies

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