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Amid a massive rise in the prices of various fruits and vegetables in Lahore and other parts of Punjab province due to devastating floods, the Pakistani government can import tomatoes and onions from Indiaaccording to the market dealers here.



“On Sunday, there were approximately Rs500 and Rs400 per kilogram of tomato and onion available in the Lahore markets respectively. However, in the Sunday markets, both raw materials were available for Rs 100 per kg less than those in the regular markets,” said Jawaad ​​Rizvi. . a wholesaler in Lahore Market, PTI told.

He said commodity prices will continue to rise in the coming days as the supply of vegetables expands Balochistan, Sindh and southern Punjab has been hit hard by flooding.

“In the coming days, prices for onions and tomatoes per kg may exceed 700 rupees. Similarly, the potato price has increased from 40 rupees per kg to 120 rupees,” said Rizvi.

In the markets, the shortage of vegetables is due to the destruction of crops on thousands of hectares due to the flooding in Balochistan and Sindh.

It is learned that the federal government is considering the option of importing onions and tomatoes from India through the Wagah border.

Currently, Lahore and other cities of Punjab get supplies of tomatoes and onions from Afghanistan through the Torkham border.

“A hundred containers of tomato and about 30 onions are received daily at the Torkham border, of which two containers of tomatoes and one of onions are brought daily to the city of Lahore and the number of containers is definitely too small to meet the demand in the provincial capital of Punjab, according to Lahore Market Committee Secretary Shehzad Cheema.

He said vegetables such as bell peppers or paprika are also scarce on the market due to the flooding.

Cheema said the government would eventually import onions and tomatoes from India.

He said the import of vegetables from Iran through the border with Taftan (Balochistan) was not viable because the Iranian government had increased taxes on its imports and exports.

He said the prices of date palms and bananas will also rise in the coming days as most of the orchards in Sindh have been destroyed by the flooding. The supply of apples from Balochistan or other areas had also stopped due to flooding.

According to officials, floods have claimed more than 1,030 lives so far, with 74 deaths reported in Sindh, 31 in Khyber Pakhtaunkhawa, six in Gilgit-Baltistan (UK), four in Balochistan and one in Punjab.

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