KARACHI - Praising the exporters of various sectors for their role in boosting the economy of Pakistan, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan on Monday assured them all possible assistance so that they could further add to their exports.

Talking to a delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) at Governor House here, Ebad said due to their exports valuable addition was witnessed in the national exchequer every year.

He further said that agriculture was the backbone of the country’s economy, as majority of people were attached to the sector. “Cotton, Rice, Sugar Cane, Mango, Citrus fruits and other crops have a significant contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, and livelihoods of millions of people also depend on them,” he observed.

On complaint of harassment by market committees, the governor directed his principal secretary to examine the matter and resolve it in consultation with all the stakeholders.

He said that after improvement in law and order situation of Karachi, the business community was engaged in their economic activities without any fear.

Ebad commended the idea of holding a Biryani Festival, and said that it would help in increasing the rice exports.

REAP Chief Patron Abdur Rahim Janoo informed the governor that the Association had 1600 members, out of which 850 belonged to Sindh.

“Pakistani rice is exported to 117 countries of the world, including China,” he said, adding that Punjab produced Basmati while Sindh had Irri Rice in abundance.