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Horticulture industry earning $130 million annually

ISLAMABAD (July 28 2007): Pakistan contributes 130 million dollars in world horticulture market among total worth of 180 billion dollars, official sources said on Friday. They said Pakistan`s share could be increased by adopting modern technologies of horticulture.

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (Minfal) said that Pakistan`s climatical conditions were most suitable for all kinds of horticulture crops like, fruits, vegetables and flowers.

They said that different kinds of fruits like citrus, mango, banana, apple etc grow throughout the season which besides fulfilling domestic consumption were also being exported to other countries. The Punjab province is leading with production of 63 percent fruit and 60 percent vegetables.

Most of the fruit and vegetable production is consumed in fresh form and there are 25 medium and small industrial fruit processing units working in all major cities of the country, the sources said.

The performance of Pakistan`s horticulture export industry remained excellent during last couple of years and its share in international market has been improved by 12 percent. Pakistan earns 64.753 million dollars annually by exporting different fruits like apple, banana, mango, onion, potato and vegetable of different kinds, the sources informed.

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