ISLAMABAD -Rice exports from the country during first three quarters of current financial year registered an increase of 20.19 per cent as compared to the same period of last year.

During the period from July-March, 2013-14, about 2.683 million tons of rice worth US$ 1.666 million exported as comparing the exports of 2.494 million tons valuing US$ 1.368 million in the corresponding period of last year, according the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The data reveled that exports of basmati rice grew by 7.09 per cent and

about 440,835 metric tons of basmati rice worth US$ 0.493 million exported which was recorded at 477,926 metric tons of US$ 0.460 million during first nine months of last financial year.

During the period under review, the exports of rice other then basmati  also increased by 26.71 per cent and reached at 2.242 million tons worth $1.173 billion.

The exports of rice other then basmati was recorded at 2.016 million tons valuing US$ 926.148 million during the first nine months of last financial year, the data added. During first three quarters of current financial year, the fish and fish preparations exports grew by 8.84 per cent and reached at 103,833 metric tons worth US$ 253.065 million as compared to 103,796 metric tons valuing US$ 232.510 million i same period of last year.

Meanwhile, the meat and meat preparations exports also witnessed 13.72

per cent growth and reached at 58,730 metric tons valuing US$ 177.50 million as against 46,261 metric tons of US$ 156,098 million during same period of last year, it added.

The exports of fresh fruits registered 19.14 per cent increase where as

vegetables exports decreased by 2.39 per cent respectively during the period under review.