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Pakistan won't import tomatoes from India despite the vegetable selling at Rs 300 per kilo in the country
Despite the rising prices of tomatoes in Pakistan, Federal Minister for Food Security, Sikandar Hayat Bosan recently made it clear that the government of Pakistan will not import tomatoes or any other vegetables from India, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported.

Bosan told reporters in Lahore on Monday that the prevailing crisis of shortage of onions and tomatoes will be over within the next few days after crops in Balochistan ripen.

The Minister's statement comes after the prices of tomatoes shot up to 300 Pakistani rupees (PKR) per kilogram in Lahore and other parts of the country.

According to the report, people in Peshawar are purchasing tomatoes at PKR 250 per kg while it is being sold at PKR 200 per kg in Karachi, as Pakistan is presently facing a huge shortage in the supply of tomatoes in the domestic market.

Recently, Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif had clearly directed the concerned authorities to take necessary action against those vendors and shopkeepers who were selling the vegetable at exorbitant prices. Following such instructions, at least 82 shopkeepers were arrested in Lahore for charging extra price for tomatoes from the customers.

One of the vegetable sellers said that the supply of tomatoes has been drastically affected due to its wrong cropping, however, he further added that the prices are likely to decline in the coming week, as per media reports.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has decided to import tomatoes from Iran and Afghanistan instead of India, as per the media report. "We are trying to bring tomatoes from other channels from Afghanistan and Iran," said Shahzad Cheema, the Secretary of Market Committee in Lahore.

The Indo-Pak relations started souring after the January 2016 Pathankot terror attack on an Indian Air Force base and later that year,after the Uri attack on an Indian army camp, further nose dived. Besides that, tension on Indo-Pak border has badly affected the diplomatic ties including bilateral trade relations between the two neighbouring countries.

Imports from India fill the gap each year, the move to bar containers from entering the country from across the border have created a huge demand-supply gap for tomatoes, according to Express Tribune.

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