Dated:2017-10-10

There is a huge potential for development of our agriculture sector and its sub sectors particularly livestock and dairy: Bosan

His Excellency Mr.Emmon O Shaunessy ,High Commissioner for New Zealand  resident in Tehran paid a courtesy call to Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Bosan at Ministry of National Food Security and Research.

“There is a huge potential for development of our agriculture sector and its sub sectors particularly livestock and dairy have shown remarkable growth over the years.” Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Bosan. He further highlighted we are also focusing on crops diversification, efficient utilization of water and promotion of high value crops to uplift the livelihood of our farmers as well. He also told the delegation that Pakistan is one of the country largest producing milk. We have significant investment in milk processing in Pakistan through companies like Nestle,Engro etc. For new comers in the Pakistani market, mechanisms are already well established. He also informed that Halal food processed in Pakistan has a vast market in Central Asia and Middle East. He further added that Pakistan produces 7 millions tons of rice. The 3 millions tons are sufficient for national requirements and rest is exported to other countries in last four five years. Similarly Pakistan has surplus of wheat, cotton, mangoes and citrus and plays an important role in Pakistani exports.

His Excellency Mr. Eamonn O Shaunessy highlighted that New Zealand believes in eco agriculture and cooperate with Pakistan in this sector .H.E further highlighted that new Zealand is providing PHDs Scholarships to Pakistani students in agriculture sectors

Both sides agreed to explore areas of mutual cooperation in the agricultural field. The meeting was attended by Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research ,Director General Plant Protection and other officials of Ministry of National Food Security and Research