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Pakistan has become the third largest dates exporter in the world and with proper attention and appropriate interventions this sector can flourish manifolds.



An official of the Ministry of Commerce and Textile on Sunday said that the date sector offers substantial opportunities for exports‚ income and employment generation in addition to economic growth of the country.



The annual production of dates in Pakistan is estimated at around 535‚000 tons of which only 86‚000 tones are exported and the rest are either consumed locally or perished.



Chief Executive Officer Harvest Trading‚ Ahmad Jawad said that Pakistani dates exports could be raised to 200 million dollars from the current 28 million dollars per annum with proper processing and packaging.



About 300 varieties of dates are produced in Pakistan.


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