Smeda chief, Unisame panel members meeting on October 21

Staff Reporter BOL News

20th Oct, 2021. 03:43 pm

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KARACHI: The Culinary and Medicinal Herbs Committee of the Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) is invited by Mukesh Kumar, provincial chief of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda), for an important meeting to discuss their issues on October 21, 2021 at the Smeda Karachi office, a statement said on Wednesday.

Unisame president Zulfikar Thaver said that the government has wisely allowed the export of Hemp (Bhang) but has not yet allowed export of white food grade poppy seeds called Khashkhas in vernacular language.

Approximately 2,000 tonnes of white food grade poppy seed is being cultivated in Mohmand Agency, Dir, and also in various other border areas with Afghanistan. More can be grown and foreign exchange can be earned, he added.

The SME exporters are getting inquiries and because of export not being allowed they are losing this business and other commodities, as importers like to purchase all items from one source.

Khashkhas is a food item being sold in supermarkets and grocery stores across the world. It is a very much permissible food item and almost every household has it and uses it in food preparations as a culinary. It is indeed a food item for adding taste and nutritional benefits to any dish adding to its flavour and look.

Masood Khan, a leading exporter of dry fruits and commodities; Zeeshan Nazim, convener of the Culinary Herbs and Roots Export Committee; Munaf Bawany of Chef Pride, Zeeshan Haider of Dipit and Shakeel Najmi of Doltons are processors and manufacturers of spices, sauces and commodities to the international markets and will also raise their issues of high cost of production, exorbitant increase in freight and the lack of facilities during the meeting.

It is hoped that the Smeda chief will provide prompt relief to the SME exporters.