The Dutch Embassy in Islamabad has invited one of its agriculture experts to visit Pakistan to discuss latest agricultural technologies, innovations and ideas with stakeholders to further strengthen relations between the Dutch and Pakistani agricultural sectors.
Since the Netherlands has a long history of successful agricultural production, agricultural technology and solutions, its embassy has invited expert Romke Wustman to share information with his Pakistani counterparts, research organisations, universities and chambers of commerce to strengthen work and relationships in the area of food security and agriculture.
During his four-to-five day visit, the Dutch held meetings at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and the Hazara Agricultural Research Station and participated in a seminar at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, and also delivered lectures at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah, Arid Agriculture University and Faisalabad Agricultural University and met members of various chambers of commerce and farmers associations.
The Dutch, who is a potato specialist, on Friday noon also met a select group of journalists and shared details of his tour to Pakistan and stressed the need for more active role of the private sector in provision of quality seed to Pakistani growers to enhance the per acre yield.
He also called for taking advantage of his country’s advanced technology. He said, “We have over 400 universities of potato seed registered and we produce one million tonnes of seed potatoes of which 70 percent are exported to over 80 countries. Pakistan has been growing Dutch universities for 50 or 60 years now.”
He agreed with a proposal that the private sector of Pakistan should step forward and set up some institute in collaboration with his country’s agricultural sector for promoting research, producing quality seeds and tackling various issues being faced by the Pakistani growers of different crops.
He said his country was the second largest agricultural exporter in the world after the United States and a global market leader in dairy, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and of course flowers. He said Pakistani growers could consult his country’s companies about their issues and import seeds which could resolve issues being faced by any crop in their specific areas.
Source: Business Recorder