Pak, Iran agreed to promote agri trade

Islamabad: Pakistan and Iran agreed to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further promote bilateral relations in the field of agricultural products trade.

During 4th meeting of Pak-Iran Joint Working Group (JWG) on Agricultural Cooperation held here Wednesday, at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) chaired by Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed, where minutes of the meeting agreed and signed on behalf of Pakistan Government by Dr. Nadeem Amjad, Member Plant Sciences Division, PARC and head of Iranian delegation on Agricultural trade products.

It is to be noted that Ministry of Science and Technology (Being administrative ministry of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council has hosted the meeting of JWC on Agriculture.

During last Joint Working Commission (JWC) meeting, both sides reviewed the plan and made changes towards increasing cooperation and agreed to provide required information to Focal Point as per work plan.

Iran is willing to convene the 4th meeting of the JWG on Agriculture on sidelines of the 18th session of JEC. In this meeting matters relating to trade of agricultural products, issues relating to implementation of plant Quarantine Agreement, the establishment of required Plant Quarantine Offices, Plant protection and other areas of mutual interest in the fields of Agriculture and Livestock will be discussed and finalized.

Iran is importing about 150,000 metric tons of frozen meat to meet its domestic needs. Recently Iran has shown interest to import live animals meat and meat products from Pakistan. In this connection an MOU was finalized and agreed by both countries which are likely to be signed in the JEC after codal formalities.

Further, Cooperation on modification/updating of Phytosanitary requirements for export of agricultural products to Iran, Pakistan Quarantine Offices are available at the strategic points of Pakistan side while four Plant Quarantine Offices have already been established on Iran side and Iran will identify more points of entry where establishment of offices is needed.

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed reiterated the keen interest of the Government of Pakistan to strengthen cooperation between the two brotherly countries in the field of agricultural development and trade in agricultural products.

He noted commitment of Government of Pakistan to the implementation of the modified work plan agreed between the two sides at the 3rd meeting of the JWG held at Tehran from 25th to 26th June, 2008.

He asked the delegates of both countries to design pragmatic plan to strengthen cooperation in the field of Agricultural trade products.

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