ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Uganda, Henry Oryem Okello on Friday asked for enhancing bilateral cooperation with Pakistan in fields of dairy farming, poultry farming and animal breeding for beef production.
The Ugandan minister visited National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) along with a delegation. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Yusuf
Zafar welcomed the Ugandan delegation. Dr Yusuf Zafar said “agriculture is backbone of our country’s economy.”
He said that the current government gives high priority to agriculture sector of Pakistan to achieve food security on sustainable basis.
The PARC chairman highlighted PARC success stories, new interventions and lab facilities of the PARC system in the country particularly the genbank at NARC to share germ plasm of various crops with national and international agriculture system, NARC National Poultry Lab to control influenza and other poultry diseases in the regions, PARC capacity building programme of agriculture staff and farmers and other facilities for the development of agriculture.
While speaking on the occasion, Henry Oryem Okello briefed about the topography and main food crops of Uganda particularly cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, banana and coffee.
He also highlighted the areas, in which their farming community was facing problems that include post harvest management of crops, fruits, value additions products, climate change issues, and other areas.
Later, the delegation visited NARC genbank to see crops germ plasm and tissue culture laboratory for production of disease free plants.
Source: Daily Times