STAFF REPORT KHI: The government has done very little to improve trade relations with Russia, which is adversely affecting the export of fresh food.

According to fruit and vegetable exporters, Russia can become one of the most important markets after its ban on various European Unions food products and, despite the recent economic slowdown in Russia, a huge quantity of oranges and potatoes can be exported.

“We want of the government to engage Russian authorities on different platforms in order to increaseits fruit and vegetable exports,” said Aslam Pakhali, a Karachi-based leading exporter of potatoes.The potatoes exporters are gearing up for exports but they are extra cautious about the Russian markets, Pakhali informed.

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