Despite decline in overall food trade, the exports of fish and seafood products from Pakistan increased by 23.83 per cent during the first month of current fiscal year (2012-13) as compared to the same month of last year.
However, as compared to the exports of June 2012, seafood exports in July 2012 witnessed negative growth of 5.20 per cent, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported on Friday.
The overall exports of fish and fish preparations during the month under review were recorded at $17.769 million against the exports of $14.350m in July 2011 and $18.742 million in June 2012.
The exports of meat and meat preparations also increased by 31.62 per cent and 31.16 per cent during July 2012 as compared to the exports of July 2011 and June 2012.
The exports of meat and meat preparations reached to US$22.632 million in July 2012 as compared to the exports of US$17.195 million in July 2011 and US$17.255 in June 2012, the data revealed. Other food items that witnessed increase in exports during July 2012 included spices, exports of which increased by 2.70pc as compared to the exports of July 2011.
However, as compared to the exports of June 2011, the exports of spices also declined by 17.39 per cent.