ISLAMABAD - The import bill of food and oil surged to $ 17.169 billion during the last fiscal year 2011-2011 as compared to $ 13.604 billion of fiscal year 2009-2010, registering an increase of over 26 per cent. Pakistans import bill of oil and eatable products is mainly contributing to the rising trade deficit of the country. The main reason behind higher import bill is soaring oil and food commodities prices in international market. According to the figures of Federal Bureau of Statistics, the oil import bill went up by 20.48 per cent in one year period and was recorded at $ 12.083 billion in July-June period of the previous fiscal year 2010-11 against $ 10.029 billion of July-June of last fiscal year 2009-10. Of these, the import of crude oil was up by 51.57 per cent to $4.808 billion during the period under review against $3.172 billion over the corresponding period of the last year. On the other side, import of petroleum products reached $7.274 billion in the months from July-June, up by 6.09 per cent from $6.857 billion over the corresponding period of the last year. Meanwhile, according to the figures, the import of food items witnessed a robust growth of 42.27 per cent in one year period and reached $5.086 billion in July-June period of the year 2010-11 against $3.575 billion in July-June of year 2009-10. According to the data, import bill of milk products was up by 86.20 per cent, import of tea increased by 23.36 per cent, import of spices enhanced by 28.66 per cent, soybean oil 141.95 per cent, palm oil import increased by over 53.61 per cent, sugar 132.29 per cent; import of pulses went up by 53.40 per cent and import of all other food items increased by 10.07 per cent during the period under review. However, import bill of wheat un-milled decreased by over 87.34 per cent and dry fruits 0.16 per cent during the period under review. It is worth mentioning here that overall imports of the country were recorded at $ 10.413 billion during July-June period of the last fiscal year. Apart from oil and food imports, the country imported machinery worth $ 5.270 billion, transport group imports stood at $ 2.069 billion, textile group $ 2.883 billion, agricultural and other chemicals $ 6.178 billion, metal group $ 2.571 billion, miscellaneous group imports were recorded at $ 943 million and all other items imports were recorded at $ 3.330 billion during July-June period of 2010-11 against July-June period of 2009-10.