LAHORE  - Pakistan and Australia are natural partners in Agriculture sector as Pakistan has a rich Agriculture tradition while Australia is world leader in Agriculture Research and innovation.

This was stated by Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward while talking to LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari here on Friday. Senior Trade Investment Commissioner Australian Trade Commission South Asia Ms Nicola Watkinson and LCCI former Senior Vice President Abdul Basit also spoke on the occasion. The High Commissioner, who was heading a six-member delegation of Australian companies working in Agriculture sector, urged the Pakistani farming community to avail the Australian expertise in the Agriculture and livestock sectors to increase their produce in these two areas. He said that Australia’s experience and expertise combined with Pakistan’s abundant natural endowments make a strong partnership. He said that both the Australian government and the private sector were ready to join hands with their Pakistani counterparts in Agriculture and livestock sectors.

The High Commissioner said that there exist huge opportunities to cooperate and learn from each other in Agri Research and Economics. He said that both the countries have a long standing friendship built on shared interests and growing people to people contacts. Peter Heyward said that Pakistan’s Agriculture sector could enhance its efficiency and growth by joining hands with Australia. Australia has been playing a very significant role in enhancing the productivity of the dairy sector in Pakistan.

Dairy farms in Pakistan have improved their productivity through introduction of Australian Cattle and high quality fodder & forage seeds.  Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said that Pakistan was in dire need of bringing and introducing modern technology in Agriculture sector.  He said that although the concept of corporate farming had been introduced in Pakistan but its magnitude was very insignificant so far as only a fraction of agriculture sector has modern machinery, hybrid seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and post harvest technology.  The LCCI President said that transfer of knowledge as well as technology from developed countries like Australia can bring good results.