RAWALPINDI – The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) in collaboration with the USAID-assisted Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP) organised a training seminar for olive farmers on olive cultivation in the Potohar region on Monday.
The objective of the seminar was to promote olive sector development by raising awareness among olive farmers about it.
RCCI President Mian Humayun Pervez, Senior Vice President Saqib Rafiq, Vice President Muhammad Aqil Obaid, Chief of Party, USAID – Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP) Muhammad Junaid, Investment Promotion Specialist Imran Chaudhry, HICD Specialist Ali Khan, Regional Manager SMEDA Muhammad Asghar, members of the RCCI Executive Committee and a large number of potential investors and traders attended the event.
Addressing the participants, Muhammad Junaid said the major aim of arranging the seminar was to discuss opportunities and challenges in the development of an Olive Valley in the Potohar region of Punjab.
He said that the Potohar region possessed ideal climatic conditions and land for the commercial cultivation of olive orchards.
“Looking at the growth opportunities emerging from this region, the provincial government has allocated funds for the Olive Sector Development Project in Punjab, which was developed through technical assistance provided by USAID,” he added.
Representatives from USAID Punjab Enabling Environment Project (PEEP) also gave an overview of project’s Matching Grants Programme and other initiatives for olive sector development.
Source: The Nation
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