KARACHI - Despite extensive losses to the livestock sector caused by catastrophic floods, which hit large part of the country in the early months of current financial year, the share of meat exports in total food exports group soared to $47 million during July-October 2010, showing 49.91 percent growth over the same period of the previous fiscal year. The meat exports came at $31.370 million in the July-October 2010. According to the provisional figures on foreign trade, released by the Federal Bureau of Statistics recently, the meat exports products to the foreign countries had recorded a substantial increase in volume as stood at 17,018 metric tons during the first four months of existing year when compared 11,707 metric tons in July-October 2009. The exporters fear volume of the meat exports to the target importing countries can decline sharply in coming months on account of acute shortage of animals including cows and goats in the country. The prices of animals meat have also risen up substantially due to the low supply of animals and their smuggling to the neighbouring countries i.e. Afghanistan and Iran at massive scale. It is pertinent to mention here that keeping in view the dearth and smuggling of animals, the Federal Government, on the proposal of Ministry of Commerce, is considering putting restriction on the exports of animals to the foreign countries for the short period of time. The FBS data further revealed as of October 2010 meat exports increased to $10.170 million from $8.108 million in September 2009.