ISLAMABAD (62 News) – An agreement of assistance, co-operation and understanding has recently been signed by three parties namely – the Agriculture Department of Govt. of Punjab (DoAg Punjab), FPCCI and All Pakistan Fruit & Vegetable Exporters , Importers & Merchants Association (PFVA) .
According to this agreement, the three parties would render full support and cooperation for improvement of Horticulture supply chain and enhancement of export of Fruits & vegetables , strengthening the cooperation for skills development, Research & Development (R&D) and marketing the horticulture sector in Pakistan and support initiative taken by the DoAg Punjab in this context . The agreement was mutually signed by Special Secretary of Department of Agriculture –Punjab, Silwat Saeed, Secretary General PFVA , Mohammad Ilyas Khan and Waheed Ahmed ,Vice President –FPCCI
The Doag –Punjab would prepare a 4-years work plan for the province of Punjab for enhancement of export of Horticulture produces and development of resources while special centers of R&D would be established in the Province. In addition, assistance for skill development in horticulture sector and technical support for research activities would also be rendered. Would also provide training of farm and pack houses workers to generate skilled and technically sound workers for exporters of fresh produce. Strategy to enhance export of fruits and vegetables and promotion of local trade would be part of the plan.
The PFVA as a representative of Horticulture sector through platform of the FPCCI would provide extensive support to the DoAg – Punjab to attain its targets of 4 years’ plan with cooperation of national and International organizations by improving skills of workers associated with this promising sector and render assistance to enhance export of the Horticulture with mutual cooperation of Horticulture Export Development Company , National and vocational training commission and Punjab Skill Development board
According to Waheed Ahmed, Patron-in-Chief, the Govt. Punjab realizing the challenges of Horticulture sector has taken initiative at right time to address these issues and the other provinces must follow this timely steps taken by Govt. of Punjab.
Due to lack of research and development facilities, major part of the crops is wasted while growers and exporters are also confronted with huge financial losses due to Global Warming, he cautioned.
“With improvement in production and quality of fruits and vegetables, it would also facilitate in provision of superb quality Fruits and vegetables and fetch valuable foreign exchange by exporting surplus production. The PFVA has been struggling hard for several years for establishment of Research & Development facilities and consultative process in this context with various provincial governments been concluded.”
Currently PFVA is also in full swing for preparation of the forthcoming National conference on Horticulture sector which would ultimately lead to prepare a comprehensive road map for uplift of the sector. PFVA would aggressively render extensive support for further improvement of Agriculture and Horticulture sectors, Waheed pledged.