Pakistan intends to enhance cooperation with Iran in agri sector

Islamabad –– Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mir Israrullah Zehri has said that Pakistan enjoys exceptionally friendly relationship with Iran and increased cooperation in the agriculture sector would not only further enhance this relationship but also substantially benefit both the countries.

The minister said it while meeting the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan H.E Mashaullah Shakri here at the ministry in Islamabad.

“We ask our Iranian brothers to give enhanced market access for our cotton products, rice, fruits, vegetables and especially our Kinnows. Pakistan is willing to help Iran in the area of plants and animals quarantine measures to compete on equal footing in WTO regime. We offer to export Pakistani manufactured agricultural machinery and implements to Iran”, said the minister.

The federal minister added that Pakistan can greatly benefit from research in the field of dry land farming for the dry areas of Baluchistan from Dry Land Agriculture Research Institute, Iran. “Date Palm and Tropical Fruit Research Institute, Iran could also be greatly beneficial for us to effectively improve our dates production” added the minister.

Iranian ambassador to Pakistan H.E Mashaullah Shakri said that Pakistan and Iran are brotherly countries and have good relationship but the true potential has not yet been efficiently translated. He asked the federal minister to make it convenient to attend the second D-8 Agriculture Ministers Meeting on Food Security to be held on May 18, 2011 at Tehran.

The first D-8 Ministers’ meeting on Food Security was held on 25th to 27th February, 2009 at Kuala Lumpur that identified fertilizers, animal feed and quality seeds to be priority areas for mutual cooperation.

The meeting was also attended by Additional Secretary Minfa, Mr. Hizar Hayat Khan, Joint Secretary International Coordination Ms Yasmeen Masood and other senior officials of the ministry.

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