The export of halal meat has increased to US$ 230.2 million during the fiscal year 2013-14 from US $ 211.1 million in same period last year showing an increase of 9 per cent.
The export of other food touched US$ 4393.7 million mark as the export value of some food items like rice, fish, fruits and oil seed has increased whereas export value of vegetables, tobacco, wheat, sugar, spices witnessed decrease.
As per break-up issued by Commerce Division in 2012-13, halal meat fetched US $ 211.1 million in 2012-13 and US $ 230.2 million in 2013-14.
Similarly, other food contributed US $ 4550.9 million in 2012-13 and US $ 4393.7 million in 2013-14.
Moreover, the government has taken steps to increase the export of meat and food items which included ban on commercial export of live animals from the country wef October 1, 2014, to enhance export of meat. The Pakistan Horticulture Development & Export Company (PHDEC) established with a mandate of work for production, development and export of horticulture products has conducted trainings/workshops/seminars for the capacity building of growers, processors and exporters.
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