Pakistan witnesses highest-ever Kinnow exports in FY20-21
Pakistan has attained a new record by exporting 460,000 metric tonnes of Kinnow during the year 2020-21.
This is the highest ever exported volume by the country in history.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for Kinnow surged significantly.
The surge was attributed to Kinnow’s therapeutic features that play a vital role in strengthening the human immune system and safeguarding against the deadly disease (Covid-19).
According to details, during the export season that concluded in April 2021, Pakistan exported 460,000 metric tonnes of Kinnow to 40 countries.This was 30% higher than the last year’s export volume of 353,000 tonnes.
Meanwhile, foreign exchange earned via exports was recorded at $253 million.
According to the data shared by All Pakistan Exporters, Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA), the export target of Kinnow for the year 2020-21 was 350,000 tonnes, expected to fetch $210 million for the country.
It is pertinent to note that the estimated value of Pakistan’s Kinnow industry is ₨. 125 billion.
Nevertheless, the industry faces numerous challenges, including outdated orchards having less resistance against various diseases, low-quality seeds, problems of poor cosmetic look, limited varieties, and a short export window season of three to four months.
The current export of Pakistani Kinnow can be increased to a billion dollars within a few years by implementing the policy, as highlighted in the Horticulture Vision-203.
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