US to help boost agri sector

ISLAMABAD (January 28 2010): The US Consulate General Lahore, Bryan D Hunt, on Wednesday said that his country would support Pakistan in the development of agriculture related technology to boost the productivity and improve farmers’ income and for prosperity of Pakistan.

He said this while addressing the orientation course held for the participants of newly inducted Mobile Credit Officers (MCOs) of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL), here on Wednesday afternoon.

Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf, ZTBL President and Amina Imran, ZTBL Senior Executive also spoke on the occasion.

Bryan said that the introduction of new agriculture related technologies was vital for boosting agricultural productivity and ensuring food security in any country. He said that his country would support Pakistan in the development of agricultural sector so that it was able to produce more food for its people, besides improving income of the farmers in the country. He said that the US had already made commitment to provide US $ 1.5 billion per year for the socio-economic development of people of Pakistan. He further said that Pakistan and United States could collaborate in the field of research and utilization of the agricultural technologies for benefit of people of Pakistan.

The US Consulate General congratulated the newly inducted MCO of the ZTBL and hoped that they would deliver to their communities and the country during their professional career in the bank.

Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf said that the main objective of the bank was to facilitate the farmers in terms of credit and technology.

He regretted that previous governments ignored the objectives and did not provide proper credit and new agriculture technologies to the farmers for boosting productivity.

He said that the present government under the dynamic leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani had given a vision for development of the bank by providing credit and new agricultural technologies to the farmers for developing the sector. Zaka Ashraf said merit in the organization had been given primary focus to achieve the true objectives.

Courtesy: The NATION

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