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Pakistan’s Onion Exports Soar Amidst India’s Trade Restrictions

12 June 2024, New Delhi: In the wake of India’s decision to halt onion exports due to a reduction in domestic production, Pakistan has experienced a significant surge in its onion export figures. This strategic opportunity has allowed Pakistan to capitalize on the void left in the international market by India’s export ban.

Between December and March, Pakistan’s onion exports have surpassed its typical annual figures, reaching over 220,000 tons. The All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has highlighted this strategic response to India’s export restrictions as a key factor behind the remarkable export boost, generating over $200 million in revenue.

Despite eventual domestic restrictions imposed by the Pakistani government to stabilize local prices, the ongoing exports are projected to generate an additional $50 million by the end of the current fiscal year in June. This export achievement comes at a crucial time for Pakistan’s economy, as the foreign exchange revenue from onion exports contributes to the recovery of the country’s reserves.

However, the surge in onion exports has also led to a temporary domestic shortage and price increase within Pakistan. The government’s efforts to balance international trade opportunities and domestic supply stability will be crucial in managing the impact on local consumers.

This strategic response to India’s trade policy has highlighted Pakistan’s ability to capitalize on market opportunities, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of its agricultural sector. As the global onion trade dynamics continue to evolve, Pakistan’s onion exporters remain poised to play a significant role in meeting international demand.

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