EU ambassador Kaminara calls on NFSR minister

By Staff Reporter
Wednesday – October 14, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The European Union (EU) ambassador Androulla Kaminara, Tuesday, mentioning about Balochistan Rural Development and Community Empowerment (BRACE) programme, said the national food security and research (NFSR) ministry is partnering it and that the BRACE is a five years’ initiative, includes improvement in the production of live stock.

According to a press release, she called on the NFSR minister Syed Fakhar Imam, in the federal capital.

EU ambassador Kaminara mentioned that the EU is also a financier of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

NFSR minister Imam responded that the menace of desert locust was brought under control countrywide and appreciated the FAO on having assisted in anti-locust operations.

She added that the Pakistani cotton is very much linked with the generalised scheme of preferences plus (GSP+) status.

EU ambassador Kaminara asked to develop fish industry, as there is a lot of potential in fish export.

NFSR minister Imam appreciated the EU agriculture policy which benefits the farmers to the scale that is exemplary.

He added that the incumbent is focusing on developing phyto sanitary systems.

NFSR minister Imam said that the fruits and vegetables worth $700 million are exported.

He said his country has a large live stock sector but the foot and mouth disease (FMD) has handicapped us, a facility is being developed in Bahawalpur for developing a vaccine for the FMD.

NFSR minister Imam added that the cotton is one of the major crops but needs a breakthrough.

He admired floriculture of Netherlands and showed interest in developing a niche market for floriculture in his country.

It was mentioned that Pakistan and the EU signed strategic engagement plan (SEP) last year for the transfer of technology.

NFSR minister Imam said his country exports rice, mango, vegetables, spices, tobacco, etc., to the EU states; however, the current level of bilateral trade between Pakistan and the EU countries does not fully reflect the potential of our agro-products, which need to be enhanced further.

Whereas we are importing chickpeas, instant gum, potato seeds and food stuff from the EU countries, he added.

NFSR minister Imam said that the EU is the main buyer of sheep casing and that the EU can support our meat industry by allowing other meat and chicken products.

He said that the EU can help to increase agriculture production and increase export of regulated goods.

NFSR minister Imam invited critical support in farming, technology and techniques; as there is a dire need of collaboration.

He said that the EU may provide technical and financial assistance in the livestock sector like risk based FMD control, virtual based disease information and surveillance system and establishing the FMD free zones.

NFSR minister Imam said that the agro economy development is reasonable but we could have done better, primarily through research and transfer of technology.