Korea invests US $700,000 for development of agriculture sector in Pakistan. The investment is made under the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA). Pakistan has longstanding ties with Korea on multiple business activities. However, the Korean support in the agricultural sector is serving as a continuous stimulus for Pakistan agricultural market.
Korean delegation headed by Mr, Hur Taewoong, Administrator Rural Development Administration (RDA), Korea made a courtesy visit to the Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam. The meeting was attended by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr, Sur Sangpyo along with Director Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Pakistan Centre Dr. Cho Gyoungrae. Federal Minister welcomed Korea’s investment of 700,000 US Dollars in the development of agriculture in Pakistan.
Support under the Korea Program on International Agriculture
He said that through Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Pakistan Centre, bilateral cooperation will expand in the field of agri-machinery, agricultural inputs, and protected agriculture developed in Korea. Federal Minister said that through KOPIA, Pakistan Centre, Korean technologies will be imported and customized to the local environments.
Fakhar appreciated the support of the Republic of Korea in transferring the technology for small scale farming machinery and vegetable seed production system to Pakistan. Minister said that the introduction of aeroponic technology for potato seed production, post-harvest management technology in chilli crop in addition with introduction of ryegrass as a high yielding fodder will enhance overall production yield.
Fakhar apprised the delegation about the livestock sector in Pakistan and the need for development of value-added animal products. He expressed hope for further enhancing the volume and quality of trade-able agricultural products between the two countries and assured full support for further cooperation by the Government of Pakistan. Both delegations agreed to expand the cooperation in the field of machinery and vegetable seed production.
As Korea invests in agriculture sector Pakistan, it will support the Pakistani farmers to reach global markets in a better way.