China would urgently initiate the process of potato import from Pakistan after fulfilling the SPS requirements, said one statement quoting letter to commerce secretary Wednesday.
Chairman Pakistan Fruits and Vegetables Importers, Exporters and Merchants Association (PFVA) Abdul Malik in a letter to Secretary Commerce said that it was high time to capitalize huge potential market of China.
He said that recently on request of the Ministry of National Food Security & Research, it was agreed that China would urgently initiate the process of potato import from Pakistan after fulfilling the SPS requirements.
China imports approximately one million metric ton of potato of various varieties from different countries. This news that China desires to import Pakistani potato has been hailed by all potato exporters of PFVA as it would have positive impact for growers and exporters.
Pakistan has bumper crop of potato this year having substantial surplus quantity for export. “Had this unique opportunity been not surfaced, the growers would have no other option but to bury the huge surplus quantity in ground sustaining huge financial losses,” said the letter.
This could have negative effects on growers, Malik said, the growers getting demoralized would not grow potato next year resulting in acute shortage and thus GoP may have to import potato to make up deficiency adding further burden on depleting foreign exchange reserve.
The growers would seriously consider switching over to some other business or go for other paying crops less potato, creating serious shortage of this demanding vegetable and making it expensive for the common man, the letter said.