FAISALABAD - European Union experts on Wednesday said that Pakistan was generating good agricultural production but lack of value chain is hindrance to development.

A team of the European Union Training Need Analysis - Trade Related Technical Assistance programme visited the University of Agriculture Faisalabad and called on UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan at the VC Chamber. 

The delegation was led by Thierry Noyeltte who was flanked by senior economist Heinz Wermer and coordinator Jamal Haider. They said that with a special focus on the value chain, the country can earn heavy foreign exchange by exporting her goods.

They said that they were working on the deficiencies that would bring tangible results. They discussed the agricultural issues and planning to boost the sector of the country, contributing 22 percent to the Gross Domestic Product.

They said that the agricultural productivity of the country was high but the country was lagging behind in its processing that area must be strengthened. They also identified the international markets from where Pakistan can earn heavy money.

Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that as many as 92 percent farmers have less than five acres of agri land. He told the delegation that Pakistan was losing 40 percent of her agricultural production in the post-harvest losses that was immense setback to the agricultural economy.

He stressed the need for adopting latest techniques, value chain management to make it at par with the international standards. He called for increasing productivity to export pakistani goods to the neighbouring countries like China, which is the biggest consumer of the world.

To a question, he said that world was demanding seedless Kinnow but the country was producing citrus with seeds.

He said that hindrance to the adopting of seedless Kinnow is that the tree lives for thirty to forty years and the farmers cannot afford to bulldoze their all trees and replace them with seedless.

He said that the university had selected 100 areas where farmers would plant 10 plants of seedless citrus to persuade the farming community. He also said that the country can earn heavy money by exporting indigenous dates.

Prof. Dr Faqir Muhammad Anjum, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Javaid, Prof. Dr. Amanullah Malik, Director Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Mr. Nadeem Ahmad also spoke on the occasion.