Experts on Monday called for promoting the horticulture sector, saying it accounted for 25 percent share in the GDP and over 40 percent employment.

They said that Pakistan eared over $300 million in foreign exchange, annually, from the export of horticulture products, whereas the worldwide horticulture trade stood at more than $80 billion.

”As such, they argued, “Income and exports both could be increased significantly by further developing the sector across the country.”

FPCCI Standing Committee’s former chairman Ahmad Jawad said Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) was functioning without any direction, and the roles which were given to the organisation overlapped.

He added the commerce minister had stated in the National Assembly last month that his ministry had established PHDEC to boost exports of fruits.

“PHDEC utilised Rs560 million, granted to it under the Export Development Fund, in the form of salaries, TA/DA, renovation of the offices and conducted only few international events,” he told.