Pakistan to import onion and tomato from India amid a hike in the vegetable prices

The increase in prices is because the floods have destroyed crops on thousands of acres in Sindh and Balochistan. 

Pakistan to import onion and tomato from India amid a hike in the vegetable prices

Pakistan has experienced a massive price hike for various vegetables and fruits after the destructive floods. Amid this surge, the country may have to import onion and tomatoes from India as claimed by the market dealers.

A wholesale dealer of Lahore market, Jawaad Rizvi, revealed that the prices of tomato and onion in the market were around Rs500 and Rs400 respectively on Sunday. However, in Sunday markets, they were priced at 100 per kg less than those priced in the regular markets.

He also said that the prices of commodities in the coming days are expected to increase further as floods have badly impacted the supply of vegetables from South Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh.

Rizvi also said tomato and onion prices may cross Rs700 per kg. Moreover, the rate of potatoes may also increase from Rs40 to Rs120 per kg in the coming days.

The increase in prices is because the floods have destroyed crops on thousands of acres in Sindh and Balochistan.

It has been revealed that the federal government is now considering importing onion and tomato from India through the Wagah border.

Currently, the cities of Punjab including Lahore are getting onions and tomatoes from Afghanistan using the Torkhan border.

Lahore Market Committee Secretary Shehzad Cheema stated that about one hundred containers of tomato and 30 containers of onion are being received at the Torkham border every day. These are then sent to Lahore city, however, the supply is too short to meet the demands of the city. Other than onions and tomatoes, capsicum and bell pepper are also short in the market.

Shehzad said that the government will have to import these vegetables from India. Talking about the import of vegetables from Iran, he said that it was not possible because the government had increased taxes on imported items.

Cheema claims that the prices of bananas and date palms are also expected to increase due to the destruction of orchards in Sindh. The supply of apples from Balochistan has also been cut due to the same reasons.

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