The measures taken by the current government to enhance the country’s exports have begun to bear fruit, with Russia increasing the amount of rice imports from Pakistan.
With the help of the Plant Protection Department, the Russian Trade Ministry will monitor more rice facilities through a video stream.
Pakistani exporters have been granted permission to ship 150,000 tonnes of rice to Russia, while shipments of fruits such as mangoes and oranges have increased.
Previously, Pakistan had around 34 rice export establishments in the Russian market, but that number has now increased to 53, according to Sohail Shahzad, director of Plant Protection Department, adding that several countries, including Russia, China, Australia, and Japan have lifted the import ban from Pakistan and are authorising online confirmation certificates to Pakistani exporters.
Sohail Shahzad stated that numerous nations are placing orders for rice and fruits by visiting the factories online through the Plant Protection Department.
It should be mentioned that in 2018, Russia prohibited the import of Pakistani rice. The embargo was lifted as a result of efforts by Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of National Food Security, and the commerce section of its embassy in Moscow.
The trade envoy in Moscow also convinced the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (FSVPS), a federal administrative department in Russia, to perform a virtual examination of additional crop exporting businesses in Pakistan so that they could export rice to Russia.