Karachi, May 09, 2016 (PPI-OT):Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad Khan has said exporters of various goods have played a vital role in economy of Pakistan and due to their exports valuable addition is witnessed in national exchequer every year. This he said while talking to a 9-members delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) at Governor House here today. Principal Secretary to Governor Mr. Mohammad Hussain Syed was also present on the occasion.
Dr. Ebad said that agriculture was the back bone of Pakistan’s economy as majority population is engaged with this sectors. Cotton, Rice, Sugar Cane, Mango, Citrus fruits and other crops have a pivotal contribution in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country as they employees millions of people, he observed.
Governor Sindh that Rice is an important part of exports of Pakistan and basmati rice of Pakistan is renowned for its quality and taste worldwide. It also counts for sizeable amount of foreign exchange, he opined. On pointation of dormant state of Rice Research Institute (RRI) Dokri district Larkana, Governor Sindh assured that all concerned would be called soon to know the reasons behind its ineffectiveness. RRI has a very important role in producing new varieties of Rice, which are not only cost effective but also have visible consumption due to their quality, he added.
On complaint of harassment from market committees, Governor Sindh asked Principal Secretary to examine the matter and resolve the same in consultation of all stake holders. He said that after improvement of law and order situation in Karachi business community was engaged in their economic activities without any fear. Exporters would be provided all possible help and assistance to continue their exports, he assured. Governor Sindh commended the idea of holding a Biryani Festival and said that it would help in increasing rice exports.
Chief Patron of REAP Abdul Rahim Janoo informed Governor Sindh that the Association has 1600 members from which 850 belong to Sindh. Pakistani rice is exported to 117 countries of the world including China, he said and added that Punjab produces Basmati while Sindh has Irri rice in abundance.
He lauded the efforts of Governor Sindh in maintaining law and order in Sindh and providing every possible facilities to business community. The delegation members included Senior Vice Chairman REAP Mr. Nauman Ahmed Shaikh, members managing Committee Mr. Javed Jilani, Mr. Inder Lal, Mr. Hamid Qureshi, Mr. Latif Paracha, Mr. Wajid Paracha, Rauf Aziz and Secretary Mr. Altaf Hussain.
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