Black marketing of red chilies push prices up

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By Muhammad Abid

KARACHI: The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has invited the attention of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) to the unreasonably high prices of chilies which has made export of Pakistani spices noncompetitive.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the middlemen operating in Kunri and Umerkot areas of Sindh control the supply of the commodity to the SME processors of spices and indulge in hoarding, profiteering and blac marketing. It is reported that Chilli is also being smuggled, making it unavailable to the SME units.

Chilli is an important commodity used in every household kitchen and the manufacturing units of spices for domestic consumption or exports are handicapped without chilli as it is an essential ingredient in all ground spices. Thaver also demanded that as the country is manufacturing the best sauces of different kinds as per international standards and also exporting to advanced countries of the world, the import duty on sauces must be increased in the forthcoming budget to discourage imports and to encourage our domestic industry which has already achieved a high benchmark.

However, Munaf Bawany member UNISAME council and committee member of Pakistan Food Products Processors and Manufacturers Association (PFPP&MA)  said the SME spices exporters are badly affected due to the malpractices of the middlemen and are losing business because of the high prices of the chillies under their control.

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