LAHORE - More than 26 multinational agro-chemical companies based in China have refused to visit Pakistan to attend the upcoming the Pak-China Agro Chemical Expo being held from Tuesday (tomorrow on August 05) at Lahore Expo Center amidst uncertainty on political front.
“Around 80 multinational agri business related firms had plan to visit Pakistan to participate the CAC Pakistan 2014 but in view of law and order and uncertain circumstances in the country several visitors have shown reluctance and now 54 Chinese companies have confirmed to attend the show,” said Coordinator of the Exhibition Jawed Salim Qureshi.
He informed that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate the two-day mega show, while Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal will also attend the ceremony saying that it is indeed a matter of great pride for LCCI that CCPIT Chem which is well known Chinese organisation has partnered to hold CAC Pakistan 2014 in Expo Center, Lahore from 5-6 August 2014.
He urged all political parties of the country to end their petty differences and join hands for the national agenda of economic revival and growth, as political unrest and crisis is negatively impacting on economic growth of the country.
Regarding CAC Pakistan 2014, he said that CAC Pakistani promises to display and convince the use of modern technologies developed over the period of time through research and development in the field of agriculture. Jawed Qureshi said that it would provide a joint forum to government officials and industry professionals to highlight the benefits of using pesticides, fertilizers, processed seeds, latest yet affordable agri-equipment and machinery. “This would add another chapter of success in the history of international exhibitions in Pakistan that around 54 leading Chinese companies are participating in this show to exhibit state of the art technologies and solutions to improve the productivity of agro-based commodities and also keep the crops free of hazards.”
He informed that leading groups and companies of Pakistan associated with different sub-sectors of agriculture have confirmed their participation in CAC Pakistan. More than 120 stalls have been booked so far by major companies of Pakistan and China related to agriculture and its sub sectors.
The Exhibition Coordinator and LCCI Standing Committee on Agriculture Chairman said that these companies will also manifest their range of products to visiting importers, distributors and farmers from Pakistan and neighbouring countries.
He said that Pakistan is an agrarian economy but we lag far behind in terms of obtaining the desired level of knowledge and ways to combat with potential threats to our food and cash crops existing in the form of pests, unnecessary herbs and scarcity of water. He said that other than exhibition, CAC Pakistan Summit will also be organised on 5th August 2014 at Main Auditorium of Expo Center Lahore.
He said that there lies an immense potential of agro-chemicals in Pakistan which must be utilised on priority basis. Agro-chemicals have contributed significantly in raising agricultural yield and there is still a lot of room to bring improvement in this sector. “We are very glad to coordinate with CAC which sets up world’s largest agro-chemical trading platform in China every year with most updated policies, products, technologies and market dynamics.
He said that CAC has broadened its network by exhibiting in Europe, Brazil and other important destination of world. It is going to be the first time that CAC is holding such kind of exhibition and summit in South Asia. We are happy that Pakistan is taking this lead to hold this important exhibition in collaboration with CAC.” He said that this event will further strengthen the trade relations between Pakistan and China taking both the countries even closer and creating win-win situation for each other.