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Vegetable imports from Pakistan’s bitter foe India may be considered to lessen the effects of the floods.

Finance Minister Miftah Ismail announced on Monday that Pakistan may consider importing vegetables from its bitter rival India in order to lessen the effects of the recent floods, which have caused a significant increase in flood costs across the board.

The minister stated, “We can think about importing vegetables from India,” adding that other possibilities were Turkey and Iran.

In light of the loss of Pakistan’s standing crops, Miftah suggested that the government take into consideration importing vegetables and other edible goods from India for the benefit of the populace.

Historic monsoon rains have resulted in unprecedented flash floods that have damaged a large area and harmed more than 33 million people.

Weeks of nonstop rain have inundated millions of acres of fertile farmland. Vendors complain about a paucity of supply coming from the flooded breadbasket provinces of Sindh and Punjab, which are causing prices of basic items, particularly onions, tomatoes, and chickpeas, to surge.

Dr. Khaqan Najeeb, a former advisor to the ministry of finance, commented on the idea and told that regional integration can be viewed as a public good from which the South Asian region can gain.There are solid economic reasons to believe that India and Pakistan would begin to engage in bilateral commerce, he said.

In order to secure enough supply and price stability in the nation at this time when a significant portion of crops have been damaged by floods, the former adviser further said that it may be helpful to specifically examine the import of tomatoes, onions, and greens, as well as wheat later on.

In August 2019, Pakistan lowered its trade connections with India legally to Israel’s level, with which Islamabad has no trade links at all. In response to India’s decision to remove Article 370 of its constitution, which gave occupied Kashmir an unique status, the decision was made.