ISLAMABAD: Dates export will be started from end of July and till date no export plan has been seen from Pakistan Horticulture Export Development Board, whose vision to enhance the export of horticulture sector, said CEO Harvest Tradings, Ahmad Jawad. Talking to growers here on Tuesday, Ahmed Jawad said that currently private sector doing export while making their own efforts and contacts and interestingly PHDEC stands no where for any facilitation, which raises big question towards the Commerce Ministry.

Jawad said the potential of export of dates from Pakistan is $250 million to $300 million per annum, but due to lack of infrastructure, proper processing and packaging facilities only $29 million per annum is fetched. Lack of matching with the international standards is one of the major reasons for restricted exports. There is need of provision of modern facilities at farms to tap full potential of this golden crop. India remained one of the major importers of dried dates from Pakistan as it imported around 135,000 kilogrammes in July 2012 against 970,7870 kilogrammes of dates during July-June 2012. During the period, the exports of dried dates have increased by 2.0 percent, by growing from Rs 3.25 billion to Rs 3.66 billion.