Islamabad (APP): Seafood exports during first eight months of current financial year increased by 12.99 percent as compared with the same period of last year.

During the period from July-February, 2016-17, about 87,999 metric tons of fish and fish preparations worth $239.789 million exported as compared the exports of same period last year.

According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics fish and fish products exports from the country during first eight months of last year was recorded at 80,340 metric tons valuing $212.221 million.

On month on month basis, see food exports from the country in month of February, 2017 grew by 34.1 percent as compared the same month of last year.

In February, about 10,935 metric tons of fish and fish preparation worth US$ 29.135 million exported as compared the exports of 8,516 metric tons valuing of $21.741 million of same period of last year.

However, during last eight months of current financial year, exports of meat and meat preparations decreased by 25.19 percent and recorded at 37,285 metric tons valuing $140.910 million.

The meat and meat products exports from the country in first eight months of last financial year was recorded at 54,532 metric tons with earnings of $188.345 million.

The country earned $18.430 million by exporting about 4,038 metric tons of meat and meat preparations in month of February, 2017 as compared the exports of 9,247 metric tons and earning of $32.2 million of same month of last year.