Indian bananas in high demand in Pakistan

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    Indian bananas in high demand in Pakistan

    Bananas imported from India, following a decline in domestic production, are being sold in cities across Pakistan for a whopping Rs 180 to Rs 200 a dozen.

    Indian bananas were initially imported for markets in the most populous province of Punjab and are now being supplied to the southern province of Sindh, which produces most of the country's banana crop.

    When the Indian bananas were introduced in markets across Islamabad a few weeks ago, they sold for as much as Rs 300 a dozen.

    With supplies improving, the price has now fallen to Rs 180 to Rs 200 a dozen.

    Pakistani bananas sell for about Rs 70 to Rs 80 a dozen.

    Reports from Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, said the Indian bananas were going for Rs 150 to Rs 200 a dozen.

    Shop-keepers in Islamabad point out the Indian bananas to customers, saying they are larger and tastier than the local variety.

    There has been a marked decline in the production of bananas in Sindh due to cold weather and floods in the province over the past two years.

    According to the figures from the Economic Survey 2011-2012, banana production fell from 139,000 tonnes in 2010-2011 to 99,000 tonnes in 2011-2012.

    Fruit vendors are making a profit of Rs 40 Rs 60 per dozen of Indian bananas, the Dawn newspaper quoted market sources as saying.

    Waheed Ahmed, co-chairman of the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Importers Exporters and Merchants Association, said some quantities of mango and grapes too had been imported from India, but these fruits failed to get a good response from Pakistani buyers.

    Indian bananas were reaching Pakistan through Kashmir and the Wagah land border crossing, he said.

    Though bananas from Balochistan province had begun arriving in the markets, the quantity is "very negligible", he added.

    Consumers are apprehensive that the prices of bananas, both imported and local varieties, could increase further during the upcoming Islamic month of Ramzan, when people buy more fruits to break the daily fast.

    Ahmed said the government should remove duties and taxes on banana imports so that prices remain stable during Ramzan.
     
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    The Pakistanis know how to make a quick buck.

    Transit fee for each tanker for the ISAF and now making a killing with Indian bananas!
     
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    Good to see Pakistanis going bananas over Indian fruit.

    Pakistanis are real fruity!
     
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    Wow! A banana republic needing more bananas? This is interesting! I thought Pakistan already has all the bananas they could ever need!

    :rofl:
     
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    Islamabad, Jun 4 (PTI) Bananas imported from India, following a decline in domestic production, are being sold in cities across Pakistan for a whopping Rs 180 to Rs 200 a dozen........................

    Pakistani bananas sell for about Rs 70 to Rs 80 a dozen.

    Indian bananas in high demand in Pakistan | Taaza News
     
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    accepting banana from kufur is HARAM in Islam:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Going bananas



    A dozen for Rs.300? Yes, we want them.

    Bananas have of late become extremely dear in Pakistan. While the price of bananas hit the upward trajectory early this year as the crop was destroyed by the devastating floods in Sindh last year, now they have become frightfully expensive. Believe it or not, the price range was between PKR 350 to PKR 500 per dozen mid-May; less if you go for the Pakistani variety and more for the Indian bananas.

    Indeed, Indian bananas have slipped into the Pakistani market in a big way over the past few months. Yes, slipped into Pakistan, because as per an Indian Customs official — named by an Indian newspaper — the first consignment of 15 tonnes of bananas were sent on May 14 only. But, fruit sellers here have been selling Indian bananas for nearly three months now though they were not so expensive then.

    Always nearly double the price of the Pakistani bananas, now the Indian ones occupy pride of place in the few shops that dare to keep them as summer enters its peak. The weekly bazaars and the ordinary fruit-walas dare not keep the fruit that spoils easily and only the high-end stores frequented by the sizeable expat community in Islamabad have them.

    Possibly once more bananas from India hit the market, the prices will climb down but for now the Indian bananas — however good they may be — are not exactly the best advertisement for opening up trade between the two neighbours; courtesy the price tag as their arrival in the Pakistani market did not necessarily bring down the prices as is often argued by the advocates of Indo-Pak trade. For even with the fast falling Indian rupee, PKR 500 for a dozen means coughing up INR 300 for 12 bananas!

    The Hindu : Life & Style / Society : Going bananas
     
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    Yes, since the Paki Mullahs have always known that the innocent women of Pakisatan are liable to use bananas for very haraam things.
     
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    whats wrong with pakistani bananas? are they not long and big and sweet enough :laugh:

    And why are they so costly? Bananas are 20-25 Rs a Dozen in my city..
     
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    Indian bananas in high demand in Pakistan

    Bananas imported from India, following a decline in domestic production, are being sold in cities across Pakistan for a whopping Rs 180 to Rs 200 a dozen.Indian bananas were initially imported for markets in the most populous province of Punjab and are now being supplied to the southern province of Sindh, which produces most of the country's banana crop.

    When the Indian bananas were introduced in markets across Islamabad a few weeks ago, they sold for as much as Rs 300 a dozen.With supplies improving, the price has now fallen to Rs 180 to Rs 200 a dozen.Pakistani bananas sell for about Rs 70 to Rs 80 a dozen.

    Reports from Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, said the Indian bananas were going for Rs 150 to Rs 200 a dozen.Shop-keepers in Islamabad point out the Indian bananas to customers, saying they are larger and tastier than the local variety.There has been a marked decline in the production of bananas in Sindh due to cold weather and floods in the province over the past two years.According to the figures from the Economic Survey 2011-2012, banana production fell from 139,000 tonnes in 2010-2011 to 99,000 tonnes in 2011-2012.Fruit vendors are making a profit of Rs 40 Rs 60 per dozen of Indian bananas, the Dawn newspaper quoted market sources as saying.Waheed Ahmed, co-chairman of the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Importers Exporters and Merchants Association, said some quantities of mango and grapes too had been imported from India, but these fruits failed to get a good response from Pakistani buyers.Indian bananas were reaching Pakistan through Kashmir and the Wagah land border crossing, he said.

    Though bananas from Balochistan province had begun arriving in the markets, the quantity is "very negligible", he added.
    Consumers are apprehensive that the prices of bananas, both imported and local varieties, could increase further during the upcoming Islamic month of Ramzan, when people buy more fruits to break the daily fast.Ahmed said the government should remove duties and taxes on banana imports so that prices remain stable during Ramzan.
     
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    Top 10 banana producing nations, 2009 Data
    (in million metric tons)

    India... 26.2
    Philippines... 9
    China... 8.2
    Ecuador... 7.6
    Brazil... 7.2
    Indonesia... 6.3
    Mexico... 2.2
    Costa Rica... 2.1
    Colombia ... 2
    Thailand... 1.5

    World total 95.6
     

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