Islamabad (19th Dec., 2017).... Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed to enhance mutual co-operation for agricultural development. The consensus was developed in the meeting when the Ambassadorof the Republic of Uzbekistanto Pakistan, His Excellency Furkat A. Sidikov paid a visit to National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad . The meeting was held to discuss various avenues for mutual co-operation to develop agriculture sector.
During a meeting held at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) Islamabad, the two sides held a detailed discussion on areas of mutual interests including agriculture, agro machinery, processed food, dry fruits, fresh fruits, cotton, milk & its by-products and leather.
The Chairman, PARC, Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I., informed the Uzbek Ambassador that the above mentioned areas of utmost importance to our country as being an agro-based economy. He said that 70 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) is dependent on agricultural sector where as 45 percent labor of our country comes from agriculture sector. Dr. Yusuf Zafar also appreciated regarding agricultural machinery of Uzbekistan.
Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I., also added that Pakistan is struggling to increase per-acre yield and needs technologically advanced agricultural equipment while Uzbekistan is far ahead in producing technologically advanced agricultural equipment. Agricultural experts believe that Uzbekistan is producing mechanized agriculture machinery, which is far better than the machinery produced in Pakistan, India and China and the cultivation through mechanized machinery can double the yield in Pakistan.
Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistanto Pakistan, His Excellency Furkat A. Sidikovsaid that Cotton-picking equipment and tractors from Uzbekistan also reached Pakistan and now busy in field at Cotton Research Institute Multan. A team of experts from Cotton Research Institute visited Uzbekistan in recent past to review possibility of collaboration of experts of both the countries in the agriculture sector. It was also agreed to formalize exchange program for scientists and farmers to benefit from research and mutual experiences.
During the visit of Uzbek Ambassador, Major General (Rtd). Khalid Amir Jaffery H.I (M), President, Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS), and other High Officials from PARC / NARC also present on the occasion.