The All Pakistan Agricultural Produce Traders Federation has urged the government to permit the import of fruit and vegetables from Afghanistan, in particular, onions and tomatoes.
President of the federation Malik Muhammad Ali while speaking at a press conference said that the government has made the announcement for opening of Torkham border 24/7 but the decision has not materialized yet.
He said that the border was opened just for 12 hours daily in which 60 vehicles loaded with export goods and 200 trucks of Afghan Transit Trade were permitted.
Malik Muhammad Ali said that if the imports are not permitted immediately then the tomatoes and onions prices can rise in the local market.
He said that the bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan is at its lowest level. Many businesses have shifted to the Iran border. He claimed that the government is least interested to take steps in order to increase trade volume with Afghanistan.
Malik Muhammad Ali said that the trucks loaded with perishable items were not permitted to cross into Afghanistan as per the announcement made by the government. Every vehicle waits for 4 days at least at the border. Because of this traders have to suffer from huge financial losses. He said that the government needs to immediately implement its decision to keep the border open 24/7 so that vegetable and fruit prices get controlled.