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Pakistan PM for rice exports after satisfying domestic demand
ISLAMABAD: The caretaker Prime Minister Mohammed Mian Soomro said on Thursday that export of rice, which is one of the major sources of foreign exchange, has to be encouraged after fulfilling domestic demand.

He emphasised on proper monitoring of rice production and distribution in order to determine the exact domestic consumption as well as assessment of surplus which could then be exported.

The Prime Minister was talking to a 19-member delegation of the Rice Export Association of Pakistan (REAP) which called on him at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat.The Prime Minister stressed upon increasing yield and quality of rice to meet domestic needs as well as for enhancing exports.

He assured government’s complete support to growers, millers and exporters in their efforts to achieve the desired targets.The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on research to improve the quality of seeds of various crops including rice.

The research, he said, has to be conducted with the objective that both yield and quality of crops is improved.The Prime Minister said that quality of seeds be improved in consultation with all stakeholders.

Conventional wisdom supported by meaningful research, he said, would help to produce a better quality rice crop. The researchers, he added, have to show results and their immediate target should be to explore new varieties of rice seeds which consume less water and give more yield as in far-eastern countries.

The Prime Minister also asked the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to explore possibilities for developing or procuring seeds suitable to Pakistan’s climate from foreign companies.He said this will help increase yield and improve the quality of major agricultural cash crops.

This aspect, he said, seems to be a fast track option to help resolve the issues confronting the agricultural sector and related industries.The Prime Minister said that besides improving the quality of seeds there is a need to motivate growers toward mechanised farming and harvesting.

The process of mechanisation, he said, should involve local technology which is equally good and much cheaper. The Prime Minister said the whole chain of rice production, starting from sowing to harvesting, drying and husking and finally polishing and marketing, needs the attention of all stakeholders.

Initially, he said, seeds have to be properly graded before sowing so as to procure a quality yield.The Prime Minister said in order to meet the requirements of skilled and trained workers for rice mills, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture may coordinate with NAVTEC and other concerned organisations to organize training workshops.
MGR Archive 27.1.2008
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