The federal government has imposed a ban on the export of onions and red chillies with immediate effect till May 31, as revealed in a notification. The decision to impose a ban was taken by the cabinet in the Economic Coordination Committee meeting on February 19. However, the decsion would cost millions of dollars to fruit and vegetables exporters.
Waheed Ahmed, the patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters’ Association said that 170 containers of onions have reached the ports and were to be exported on Monday. He urged the government to allow the export of the ones already on the port in order to prevent a damage of $2 million.