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Friday, August 07, 2015 - 

Islamabad—United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of National Food Security and Research here on Thursday launched Agriculture Marketing Development Programme to improve agriculture sales and build technical capacity for promoting the local agri-sector. 

The other objectives of the programme were the development of feedlots to ensure a consistent supply of quality animals and accessing new markets for Pakistani mangoes and vegetables exports.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Seerat Asghar reiterated the government’s resolve to promote the agriculture sector in modern lines to alleviate poverty from the country. He said that income from agri-sector was more effective for alleviating poverty as compared to the income from other sectors adding that it was the fastest way to get returns on the investment.

The agri-sector of the country was significantly contributing in economic development and urged the need to enhance investment in the sector in order to increase farms profitability, he added. 

Seerat Asghar said that value chain was the most important for agriculture sector to enhance quality of agri-produces and fetch a reasonable foreign exchange for benefit of the country.

He said that government has introduced a fair and transparent system for plant protection and after the hard work of two years the country has become the 5th best countries in terms of plant protection. 

He said that the programme would help the country to become a credible country by exporting the quality fruit and vegetables. 

Speaking on the occasion Mission Director of USAID, Johan Groarke said that the AMD programme was funded by US Government of worth US$ 21 million with series of grants, training and technical improvement.

The programme, he said was designed to improve the farming techniques and boost domestic and international market access for Pakistani meat, vegetables, mangoes and citrus by nearly US$140 million over the next four years. 

“We are confident that the programme will increase the linkages between Pakistani farmers and international markets to help promote a more prosperous, stable and food secure nation”, he remarked. 

Director General Plant Protection, Dr. Mubbark Ahmad said that exports of citrus from the country registered massive growth during last year as about 350,000 tons of citrus exported. 

He said that over 92,000 tons of mangoes were exported during last year adding that about 55,000 tons of mangoes were exported during current year and no rejection or intersection was received so far.

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