ISLAMABAD - Food imports into the country shrunk by 11.68 per cent during the first eight months of the current fiscal year (2012-13) as compared to the corresponding period of last year.

Food imports stood at $3.030 billion during July-February (2012-13) against $3.431 billion during July-February (2011-12), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

Milk, cream and milk food for infants were the major food items, which contributed in negative growth of imports by declining from $106.426 million last year to $91.887 million in current year. They showed negative growth of 13.66 per cent.

Similarly, imports of dry fruits and nuts decreased by 5.72 percent from $56.543 million to $53.310 million while those spices declined by 32.71 percent from $68.277 million to $45.941 million.

During the period under review, palm oil imports decreased by 12.42 percent from $1.611 billion last year to $1.411 billion during current year while that of sugar decreased from $13.087 million to $3.143 million, showing sharp decline of 75.98 percent.