Islamabad, June 02, 2015 (PPI-OT): Nigerian High Commissioner Dauda Donladi called on the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan to convey Nigerian keen interest in enhancement of cooperation in agriculture between two brotherly countries.
Federal Minister Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan stated that Pakistan desires to have a broad, substantive and long term relationship with Nigeria in all fields including agriculture, trade and industry. Federal minister offered assistance in key areas of arid crop production, fruit and vegetable production, harvesting techniques, storage techniques and facilities, On- farm water management, high yield crop varieties, agri -business, irrigation systems, mechanized paddy production, production of high quality seed, farm mechanization, warehousing, biotechnology, pest management, horticulture , livestock and poultry.
It was agreed to start exchange programs for scientists in fields of energy, environment, agriculture, range management and forestry at the earliest. The federal minister apprised the worthy guest that the ministry has already nominated a focal person for coordination and members for the Joint committee from Pakistani side for effective implementation of agreement in agriculture cooperation signed during President’s visit to Nigeria in 2014.
The minister appreciated the Nigerian government’s efforts to increase local production for self-sufficiency. The ambassador highlighted that seventy nine million hectares of uncultivated land in Nigeria offers unprecedented potential for investment and research.
In response, Minister NFSR Sikander Bosan apprised the ambassador that here in Pakistan the research on dry land cultivation of rice requiring less water has been successful and Pakistan is all ready for any kind of technical assistance and support. The minister welcomed the immense interest in poultry, rice, tractor and machinery import from Pakistan and assured the envoy of utmost support and facilitation.
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