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Potato production estimated to be 40 lakh tones and total consumption 25 lakh tones.

Potato production in Pakistan is 40 lakh tones as local gross consumption is 25 lakh tones. Production is 1.5 million tons higher than the demand for the country, which can be used for export purposes. Economic and agricultural experts said that potatoes can be exported to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and the Middle East, which requires creating specific mechanisms. He said that the number of cold storage in the country according to the report of the SIMA is close to 538, which is less than the requirement. Due to the shortage, lack of other basic amenities in Pakistan including storage, processing, 10 to 30 percent of agricultural commodities, fruits and vegetables are lost. He said that steps are needed to eliminate potato’s recent crisis so that potato farmers can be avoided by the loss. Require steps to export extra 15 lakh tones of potatoes.

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