ISLAMABAD - Exports of food group have declined by 28.01 percent during the first quarter (July-September) of ongoing fiscal year 2009-10 against the same period of last financial year. The exports of food group have decreased to $ 637.95 million in the period under review as against $ 886.12 million of the corresponding period of the last fiscal year registering a negative growth of over 28 percent in the first three months of 2009-10. According to the figures released by Federal Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, export of rice declined by 35.69 percent during the aforementioned period. In the rice group, the export of Basmati went down by 51.34 percent whereas exports of other rice items decreased by 9.37 percent. In the same period, exports of fish products went down by 25.80 percent, leguminous vegetable (pulses), 96.08 percent, tobacco, 16.20 percent, wheat and sugar, 100 percent, and all other food items witnessed a decline of 10.41 percent. On the other hand, export of following commodities showed positive growth including fruits, 11.24 percent, vegetables, 45.78 percent, spices, 2.80 percent, oil seeds, nuts and kernels, 118.99 percent, and meat, 37.85 percent. According to the figures, exports of textile products have declined by 11.43 percent in the July-September period and stands at $ 2.44 billion in the period under review as against $ 2.751 billion of the same period of the last financial year. In the textile group, the export of following items in the period under review increased as follows: raw cotton, 39.24 percent; cotton yarn, 3.45 percent; yarn, 39.25 percent; readymade garments, 3.88 percent; art silk and synthetic textile, 32.80 percent; and other textile materials, 27.95 percent. According to the figures, the following items of textile group showed negative growth: cotton cloth, 35.23 percent; cotton carded, 88.29 percent; knitwear, 12.76 percent; bed wear, 15.42 percent; towels, 13.85 percent, tents, 33.14 percent; and made-up articles, 4.63 percent in the first three month of 2009-10. Similarly the figures show that overall textile products are declined by 16.91 percent in September 2009 against the figures in the corresponding period last year. On the other hand, the imports of textiles machinery also declined by 45.98 percent during the period under review. Likewise the imports of food commodities decreased by 37.09 percent in the first three months of current fiscal year as they were recorded at $ 711 million against $ 1.131 billion of the same period of 2008-09. Meanwhile, imports of power generating machinery decreased by 13.15 percent in the period under review. Similarly the imports of transport sector also showed negative growth of 9.53 percent in the period under review. In the transport group, import of road motor vehicles declined by 19.61 percent, CBU, 51.01 percent, buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles went down by 57.28 percent, motor cycles, 79.63 percent, and motorcars, 44.57 percent, in the July-September of 2009-10 over July-September 2008-09.