Pak-Turk identify areas for agri sector development

Staff Report LHR: In order to advance the cooperation in agriculture sector, a meeting was recently held between Turkish delegation and focal persons of Pakistan. The meeting was chaired by Rashid Mehmood, Secretary Agriculture Punjab.

Gulzar Hussain Shah, Special Secretary Agriculture, Hussain Sardar, Additional Secretary (Planning), Dr. Abid Mehmood, Director General Agri. (Research), Dr. Anjum Ali, Director General Agri. (Extension), Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Director General (Water Management), M. Rafiq Akhtar, Director Agri. Information and Rana Mehmood Akhtar, Chief Planning and Evaluation Cell attended the meeting. The representatives of Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) also attended the meetingt.

Ahmet Duren, headed the Turkish delegation. The Turkish representative and experts of Agriculture Department, Punjab discussed in detail the possible areas of cooperation for investment and to boost agriculture sector in Pakistan through collaborative endeavors.

The outcome of discussion was the identification of five areas of cooperation and investment by the Turkish company which agreed to work for the promotion of drip irrigation system, quality/certified seeds, value addition of mango, guava, and potato, contact farming through solar cum biogas integrated system for developing barren lands and hydroponic farming.

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