May 30, 2014- Nation –
Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that there were many opportunities across the world for exporting agriculture products which could help earn the foreign exchange. He said this while addressing the gathering of growers and members of Sindh Abadgar Board (SAB) held at a local hotel on Thursday.
“Similarly Afghanistan and Iran, there are many exports opportunities in Gulf countries where fruits, vegetables and other products could be easily exported and in return, huge revenue could be earned,” he said. During visits of delegates from Muscat and Bahrain, they expressed keen interest to import agriculture products from Pakistan, he said, adding even, they expressed their desire to visit agriculture crops in this regard.
He said that all stakeholders had to get together to exploit such opportunities which could help the country to develop rapidly. Aside from this, the commerce ministry is also focusing on the agriculture sector so as any kind of barrier in exporting agriculture products would be resolved after identifying them, he said.
“Moreover, we have to focus on the issues of sorting, packaging, quality of products and standards of marketing which could help us to increase quantity of exports,” he said, adding still many exporters are using old and informal techniques in exporting their products. He said the trade agriculture committee was established in Lahore to monitor trade.
“After February 2012, about 85 per cent trade was opened with India and it was done by the previous government when trade on positive list was transferred to negative list,” he said. After this step, there was not any kind of restriction on exports of products, including agriculture products, he said. Speaking on the occasion, SAB President Abdul Majeed Nizamani said that trade with regional countries could help to grow and develop the economy of country. “Ferry service with Gulf countries could increase country’s exports,” he said. He said that the representation of SAB should be included in the board of Export Development Fund (EDF). He said trade with India should also be through the Nunabao-Khokhrapar border.