Islamabad, March 10, 2014 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said that vast economic opportunities existed particularly in areas of food security, water and dairy farming between Pakistan and Netherlands for future collaboration. Federal Minister said this while in a meeting with Dutch economic delegation led by Vice Minister for Trade Mr. Simon Smits, after the latter called on the minister here in Islamabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Simon Smits, Vice Minister for Trade of Netherlands, said that Netherlands was interested in enhancing economic and business ties with Pakistan in different sectors of agriculture.
Both sides emphasized upon enhancing collaborative research in various areas of agriculture. Both sides further committed to exchange mutually beneficial best practices in the field of agriculture to ensure future food security.
The participants of the meeting also agreed to continue exploring possibilities to cement business ties between Pakistan and Netherlands, with particular emphasis on dairy farming, water and food security. Both sides agreed to focus on food security as a major area for future collaboration.
The minister assured of his ministry’s full cooperation in increasing economic cooperation in agriculture sector. Seerat Asghar, Secretary MNFSR, stated that Pakistan possessed huge potential in horticulture and floriculture sectors and sought Dutch assistance in tapping this potential.
Both sides also appreciated the fact that MNFSR and Government of Netherlands were in the final phase of signing an agreement (Agreement for cooperation in agriculture between Ministry of National Food Security and Research and Managers Deployment Programme (PUM) Netherlands) and expressed hope that this would further boost up their agricultural relations. The Federal Minister also appreciated the support of Netherlands in providing technical training and enhancing capacity building of agricultural scientists of Pakistan.
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