ISLAMABAD  – Despite decline in overall food trade, the exports of fish and fish preparations increased by 23.83 per cent during the fist month of the current fiscal year (2012-13) as compared to the same month of last year.

However, as compared to the exports of June 2012, the seafood  Exports in July 2012 witnessed negative growth of 5.20 per cent,  Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.

The over all exports of fish and fish preparations during the month under review were recorded at US$ 17.769 million against the exports of US$14.350 million in July 2011 and US$18.742 million in June 2012.

Exports of meat and meat preparations also increased by 31.62 per cent and 31.16 per cent during July 2012 as compared to the exports  of July 2011 and June 2012.

The exports of meat and meat preparations reached to  US$22.632 million in July 2012 as compared to the exports of  US$17.195 million in July 2011 and US$17.255 in June 2012, the  data revealed.

The other food items that witnessed increase in exports during July 2012 included spices, exports of which increased by 2.70  per cent as compared to the exports of July 2011.

However, as compared to the exports of June 2011, the exports of spices also declined by 17.39 per cent. Exports of sugar increased by 100 per cent and 51.55 per cent in July 2012 as compared to the exports of July 2011 and June 2012, respectively, the data revealed.

It is pertinent to mention here that the over all exports of  the food commodities from the country witnessed negative growth of  27.88 per cent and 15.47 per cent during July 2012 as compared to  July 2011 and June 2012 respectively.

The overall food exports during July 2012 were recorded at  US$278.074 million against the exports of US$385.577 million in  July 2011 and US$328.948 million in June 2011.