Pakistan refuses tomato imports from IndiaStaff Writer | September 27, 2017
The federal government in Pakistan has decided not to relax the conditions to import tomatoes from India as the shortage in Punjab and other parts worsens. However, efforts have begun to import it from Iran and Afghanistan instead of India.
Food trade A supply of 14 trucks of tomatoes
Indian vegetables exporters have been bringing ample supply of tomatoes to Amritsar in order to export them to Pakistan once the quarantine laws relax. Rajdeep Upal, an exporter from India, said almost 300 to 350 trucks of tomatoes were arriving in Amritsar which is much higher than the demand.
The vegetable traders were expecting the relaxation and when it happens everyone wants to cross the consignment quickly from the border, he said.
"We have contacted our counterparts in Lahore about the expected resumption of trade of the perishables," he said, however the ministry concerned has decided not to allow imports of tomatoes from India which is discouraging for us, he added. ■