Vegetable up, fruit down

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The export of vegetables has increased by 3.4 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period of last year.
The exports were recorded at US$26.716 million during July-September (2012-13) against the exports of US$25.838 million during July-September (2011-12), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The vegetable exports witnessed surge 18.46 percent during the month of September 2012 as against the exports of the same month of last year. However the vegetable exports during September 2012 shrunk by 23.79 percent when compared to the exports of August 2012.
According to the data, the total vegetable exports during September 2012 stood at US$ 8.003 million against the exports of US$6.756 million in September 2011 and US$10.501 in August 2012.
On the other hand, the fruit exports in the first quarter of the current year decreased by 4.24 percent to US$61.714 million when compare to the exports of US$64.447 million recorded in the same period of last year.
The exports of fruit in September 2012 decreased by 3.19 percent and 21.59 percent when compared to the exports of Septemer 2011 and August 2012 respectively.
The fruit exports during September 2012 stood at US$ 20.510 million against the exports of US$21.185 million in September 2011 and US$26.158 in August 2012.
The overall food exports were recorded at US$878.680 million in the quarter under review against the exports of US$993.352 million during the same period of last year.
The overall exports from the country witnessed positive growth of 4.26 percent while the imports decreased by 2.37 percent during the first quarter, indicating a positive trends in the overall trade volume of the country.
Exports from the country during July-September (2012) were recorded at US$6.187 billion against the exports of US$5.934 billion during the same period of last year.
On the other hand, the imports into the country decreased from US$11.117 billion last year to US$10.853 billion during the current fiscal year, the data revealed.
Based on these figures, the overall trade deficit has been recorded at 9.9 percent as it shrunk reduced from the deficit of US$5.183 billion last year to US$4.666 this year.