Pakistan, Brazil to exchange germplasm of sugarcane, cotton, etc.

Islamabad: Pakistan and Brazil Thursday agreed will sign the general Agreement for Technical Cooperation for exchange of germplasm of sugarcane, cotton, corn, soybean, fruits, tea and vegetables. Brazilian side agreed to consider and asked for a formal request from the Government of Pakistan.

A four member high level Brazilian Delegation from Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) led by Mr. Bruno de Amorim Maciel visited the National Agricultural Research Centre where Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) briefed the delegation about the various activities being carried out at the Centre. First secretary, Thomaz Alexandre Mayer Napoleao at Embassy of Brazil was also accompanied them. The delegation was taken to Animal Sciences Institute, Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Honey bee, Horticulture, Grain Quality Testing Laboratory, and Tissue Culture Laboratory. The delegation was much impressed to see the latest facilities at the Centre.

After the two day deliberations and visit at NARC a meeting was held at the NARC committee room to finalize areas of cooperation between the PARC and ABC experts. On October 11, senior management of PARC and representatives of the provincial governments attended the meeting.

Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, PARC welcomed the Brazilian delegation and reiterated keen interest of the Government of Pakistan to strengthen cooperation between both the countries in the field of Agriculture Research and Development.

He stressed commitment of Pakistan to implement the pre-identified areas of cooperation between the two countries. Mr. Bruno thanked the PARC management for their warm welcome and assured their full cooperation in the prosperity of agriculture in Pakistan.

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