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Experts Seek Ban On Fruit And Veg Imports To Protect Pakistani Farmers
- May 09, 2018 -

Speaking on the post budget-2018-19 seminar this Monday, former provincial minister and MCCI president Khawaja Jalaluddin Roomi said that Pakistan is an agricultural economy and the government needs to support its agriculture more. "It's a pity that we are an agricultural country and still import vegetables; garlic, ginger, pulses and fruit worth $ 4 to 5 billion. It puts a burden on the country's economy and increases the current deficit," he pointed out. 

As reported on, the government was encouraged to increase land under cultivation to avoid crises. Roomi said Pakistan is an agriculture country with vast plains and manpower resources. The agriculture can become an important source of the foreign exchange for Pakistan necessary to finance imports and development, besides it will ensure domestic food security. He said that his nation must maintain a balance in exports and imports to avoid trade deficits. It also should explore new markets to increase exports.