ISLAMABAD - The countrys food and oil import bills have went up by 22.11 per cent during the first eleven months (July-May) period of the outgoing financial year 2010-11 mainly due to higher prices of oil and food commodities in international market. The import bill of food and oil has recorded $15.193 billion during the July-May period of 2011-11 against the $12.442 billion of July-May 2009-10, which indicated an increase of over 22 per cent in one-year period. Pakistans import bill of oil and eatable products are mainly contributing to the rising trade deficit of the country. The increase in import bills are mainly due to the higher prices of oil and food commodities in international market. Economic experts believed that rise in the import of furnace oil for producing thermal power to bridge the power shortage and rise of oil price in the international market have contributed to the rise. According to the figures of Federal Bureau of Statistics, the oil import bill has went up by 12.74 per cent in one year period and recorded at $10.463 billion in July-May period of outgoing financial year 2010-11 against the $9.281 billion of July-May of last fiscal year 2009-10. Of these, the import of crude oil was up by 35.43 per cent to $4.296 billion during the period under review against $3.172 billion over the corresponding period of the last year. On the other side, import of petroleum products reached $6.167 billion in the months of July-May, up by 0.96 per cent from $6.108 billion over the corresponding period of the last year. Meanwhile, according to the figures, the import of food items witnessed a robust growth of 49.61 per cent in one-year period and reached to $4.729 billion in July-May period of the year 2010-11 against the $3.161 billion in July-May of the year 2009-10. The food groups emerged second after oil import bill in the current fiscal year to bridge the shortfall recorded in the local production of farm products after floods destroyed standing crops in August. Due to the unprecedented floods, the government has missed the agricultural growth target of the outgoing financial year. According to the data, import bill of milk products was up by 92.73 per cent, dry fruits up by 4.47 per cent, import of tea increased by 26.37 per cent, import of spices enhanced by 40.69 per cent, soyabean oil 336.21 per cent, palm oil import increased by over 55 per cent in the period under review. And sugar import also recorded a growth of 180 per cent; import of pulses went up by 56.48 per cent and import of all other food items increased by 15.37 per cent during the period under review. However, import bill of wheat unmilled decrease by over 85 per cent due to the bomber wheat crops in the country. It is worth mentioning here that overall imports of the country have recorded at $36.551 billion during July-May period of the outgoing financial year. Apart from oil and food imports, the country imported machinery worth of $4.804 billion, transport group imports stood at $1.868 billion, textile group, $2.681 billion, agricultural and other chemicals, $5.700 billion, metal group, $2.350 billion, miscellaneous group imports recorded at $866 million and all other items imports recorded at $3.087 billion during July-May period of 2010-11 against July-May period of 2009-10.