Currently facing a shortage of tomatoes in the domestic market, Pakistan Minister for Food Security Sikandar Hayat Bosan reiterated that his country won’t import tomatoes from India even though its price has shot up to Rs 300 per kg in parts of the country . While imports from India fill the gap each year, the move to bar containers from entering the country from across the border have created a huge demand- supply gap, informed sources.
Local vendors are currently waiting for Sindh’s produce to reach the market, the report said.
Bosan told reporters here yesterday that the tomato and onion crisis in Pakistan will be over within a few days after their crops ripen in Balochistan. He made it clear that the government will not import vegetables from India.The price of tomato has soared to Rs 300 per kg in parts of Lahore and elsewhere in Punjab province, Dawn newspaper reported. This is in stark contrast to the price of Rs 100-120 per kg in the recent past. The government had also fixed the price for tomatoes between Rs 132-140 per kg, media reports said.
Meanwhile, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has hailed Bosan’s announcement of not importing tomatoes from India, saying that the move would help local farmers and save foreign exchange for Pakistan.