KARACHI    -   Prices of onions and tomatoes have declined in wholesale market following the arrival of trucks carrying the vegetables from Iran and Afghanistan.

According to details, the prices of onion and tomatoes have witnessed a sharp de­cline after trucks carrying the vegetables arrived in Pakistan. Almost 70 trucks of onion and 50 tomatoes have arrived from Iran and Afghanistan.

Following the arrival, the prices of onion and toma­toes decreased by Rs100 and Rs120 in vegetable market, respectively. In the wholesale market, onion was being sold at Rs50 per kg while tomatoes at Rs 100 to Rs 110 per kg.

Meanwhile, the consign­ments of onions and toma­toes imported from Iran and Afghanistan have started to reaching at the vegetable market here.

Over 50 trailers of tomatoes and 70 trailers of imported onions have reached Karachi vegetable market, which has helped to bring the onions price down by 100 rupees and tomatoes price by 120 rupees, according to market sources.

Onions are being sold at Rs 50 per kilogram and tomatoes 110 per KG in the wholesale market.

The Ministry of Commerce in a session last Tuesday de­cided to import onions and to­matoes from Afghanistan and Iran to control soaring prices of the commodities in the country after flooding dam­aged the crops in the country.

“The country will face shortage of onions and to­matoes in the next three months,” the meeting was in­formed in a briefing. “Current flooding has damaged crops and a shortage and hike in prices is expected,” the par­ticipants briefed.

Commerce Minister Naveed Qamar on Wednesday told the Senate committee on com­merce that the government has not yet decided about im­port of onions and tomatoes from neighboring India.

“The vegetables will be im­ported through private com­panies from Iran and Afghani­stan and the government will act as facilitator,” Naveed Qa­mar said.

“The decision with regard to import from India will be taken after consultation with stakeholders,” minister said.