MoU signed to promote sustainable agriculture via farmers’ training

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Khushhali Microfinance Bank Limited (KMBL) Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote sustainable agricultural environment for the farmers in the rural areas of the country. The MoU envisages facilitating small farmers by providing them expert training session which would benefit them to adapt modern cultivation techniques in their farming under the climate change scenario. According to the agreement, PARC, through these expert training sessions, will educate the farmers to boost their yield by cultivating high yielding disease resistant varieties, efficient use of fertilizers and pesticides, land preparation and post harvest techniques. “Our alliance with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council is a proud moment and will assist farming community in a better way to promote more sustainability within the agriculture sector of Pakistan,” said President Khushhali Bank, Ghalib Nishtar while addressing the signing ceremony.

The programme would help bring together agriculture experts and the farming community in close contact. He further stated that the bank was not only supporting small farmers financially but also supporting technically so that the farmers may reap the benefits of bank’s credit. This would improve the living standard of millions of farmers and ultimately the national economy.

On the occasion, Chairman, PARC Dr Yusuf Zafar said that the council was extremely delighted to partner with Khushhalibank, and assured maximum support from PARC to educate all these farmers on modern agriculture, who are the real custodian of national food security.

International Printpak Exhibition-2017 to commence from 18th

KARACHI (NNI): The 26th edition of PrintPak, the Printing and Graphic Arts exhibition is scheduled to be held from 18th to 20th of November at Karachi Expo Center, Pakistan. Local and foreign companies from around the world will take part in the exhibition and showcase their products and innovation in the field of printing and graphic arts industry. Many foreign companies have already confirmed their participation; these companies are from USA, Australia, China, Germany, UK, Bangladesh, Hiedelburg, Indonesia, New Zealand and other region. Printpak is jointly being organized by apex body of printing and graphic arts industry, the PAPGAI and Badar expo Solutions. “The preparations and campaigns for PRINTPAK 2017 are already in full swing and are being met with encouraging response from local and international exhibitors,” informed Salman Haroon, Chairman of Printpak Exhibition Committee.

“On the sidelines of expo numerous seminars and workshops will be held by top notch institutes as salient features of the exhibition”, he added. “PrintPak 2017 Exhibition would be far bigger and better from the past exhibitions, as we strive to improve with every passing year.”

Measures being taken to enhance  exports: Younas Dhaga

ISLAMABAD (APP): Federal Secretary for Commerce Muhammad Younas Dhaga Friday said measures were being taken by the government to enhance country's exports and to rationalise imports. There had been average growth of 11 percent in country's exports from July to September this year and it would increase further in the future, he said while talking to PTV. He said more improvement has been made in prime minister's package announced for the exporters to get better results. Pakistan's economy was moving in right direction as economic indicators were also positive due to measures of the present government. He said Pakistan has got status of 'emerging Pakistan' which was a significant achievement. He said the government would also appoint brand ambassadors for presenting good image of Pakistan abroad. Younas Dhaga said that there was increase in country's imports because Pakistan was making progress and development and a developing country always needed to import machinery, raw material and fuels.

He said no additional tax was imposed on daily usage edibles. He said domestic growth had increased due to smooth supply of energy in the country. To a question, he said that negotiations were underway with many countries for free trade agreements (FTAs) including, China, Thailand and Turkey.

Saudi delegation to visit Pakistan for exploring investment opportunities

ISLAMABAD (APP): A Saudi Arabian group, comprising ministers and heads of various divisions, will visit Pakistan by the end of this month for exploring business prospects and investment opportunities in the country. This was informed by Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Al Malikiy in an exclusive interaction with APP here on Friday. During the forthcoming visit, the Saudi ministers will discuss the areas of bilateral economic cooperation to further enhance trade and investment in Pakistan. “There is no secret that one board is coming from KSA, comprising different ministries, and Saudi ministry of commerce, to exchange ideas relating to investment opportunities in Pakistan in various projects like CPEC, Gawadar Port” he said, giving some details of the visit. The Saudi ambassador termed the developing scenario of bilateral ties as a “good news” for both as they will jointly move ahead. He informed that the delegation would discuss specific features for investment in Pakistan.

He also highlighted that cluster of ministers and heads from Saudi Arabia will share specific details about Pakistan's participation in Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia.

“These groups are coming and will stay together to see how the two sides can further strengthen bilateral relations and to enhance mutual cooperation in different fields including economy and energy sector,” said the ambassador while elaborating the areas of bilateral interests.