ISLAMABAD : Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir has said that horticulture is a traditional agriculture sector of Pakistan, which provides livelihood to small farmers, says a press statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce here on Saturday.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Antalya International Horticulture Expo 2016, held at Antalya, Turkey, the minister said there was a great diversity in Pakistan’s geographical and climatic conditions, which produced variety of fruits and vegetables, across the country, recognised in the world due to their unique taste.
The Expo had been organised by the Ministry of Agriculture of Turkey, in which nearly 40 countries displayed their expertise in the horticulture sector.
Pakistan’s Horticulture Garden in the Expo had been arranged in a way that represented cultural diversity of the country along with Pakistan’s specialties in the horticulture sector.
Pakistan’s private sector also remained in the forefront during the Expo, and exhibited the premier quality, taste and nutrition value of Pakistani fruits and vegetables.
Different varieties of flowers were also on display, which caught the attention of the visitors.
Dastgir said, “The Government of Pakistan has launched several awareness campaigns to train the farmers in proper growing, harvesting, grading and packaging of the horticulture produce so that they could fetch a premium value in the international export markets.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Speaker of Turkish Majlis (National Assembly) and several ministers participated in the inaugural session of the Expo.
The Expo also showcased the new technology and farm equipment used in the modern-day horticulture. The Expo highlighted the impact of horticulture practices on the environment, and the mitigating strategies practiced by progressive farmers.
Dastgir held meetings with President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erodgan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and appreciated successful holding of the event. The leaders also talked about the trade liberalisation negotiations going on between the two countries, and resolved to conclude them early
Source: The Nation