United States, Pakistan agree to enhance scope of agricultural scientific research in order to extract maximum benefit from modern agricultural technology

Islamabad, September 11, 2013 (PPI-OT): Rapid climate change was greatly affecting the agricultural system in Pakistan and there was a need to further increase collaborative research between the two countries in the field of agriculture to ensure future security.

Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research said this while talking to Clay Hamilton Agricultural Counselor at US Embassy Pakistan when the latter called on the minister. Director General Naphis Malik Zahoor Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed Chairman PARC and other senior officials of the ministry were also present in the meeting.

During the course of discussion, both dignitaries agreed to enhance the scope of agricultural scientific research in order to extract maximum benefit from modern agricultural technology. The federal minister also appreciated the work of US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Pakistan to improve agriculture infrastructure by launching various programs.

Mr. Hamilton informed that USDA in collaboration with provincial livestock departments was also working on a program to control Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in animals in Pakistan. The federal minister also discussed the case of export of Pakistani mangoes to USA and the possibility of facilitating its export. Mr. Hamilton assured to look into the matter. Mr. Hamilton also informed that USDA was sponsoring a program of sending wheat scientists from Pakistan to USA for further training.

Mr. Hamilton also stated that USDA was planning a Conference on Bio Technology later this year and in this regard sought Ministry of National Food Security’s participation and support. Mr. Bosan assured of his ministry’s full collaboration on the matter.

Mr. Bosan also stated that Pakistan was primarily an agricultural country and the present government was fully committed to modernize agricultural infrastructure of the country in order to be self sufficient in food production. Both dignitaries also explored the possibilities for jointly launching different agriculture related programs particularly with the purpose to increase the income of the farmers.

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