ISLAMABAD - In order to improve production of textiles and other leather apparels, Pakistan is considering to further decrease import duties on machinery.

Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, while meeting an Italian business delegation on Wednesday, said that to achieve better production, duties had already been brought down from 43 percent to 9 percent, said a handout issued on Wednesday.

The minister expressed his desire and resolve to make the agriculture sector modern by facilitating the farmers.

He said this could only be achieved through modern mechanization, and by enhancing the volume of existing bilateral trade and focusing on agricultural commodities. Italy is the third largest export destination for Pakistani products in EU, which include rice, textiles, clothing, and leather apparel. The volume of export was $941.13 million in 2014-15

The Italian delegation showed keen interest in coming to Pakistan in future, and helping the country in advanced farming, adding Italy was quite advanced in farming, and had a wide range of machinery. for the purpose.

Bosan asked the delegates to establish post harvest processing units for pest mitigation and photo-sanitation, hot water treatment plants, vapour heat treatment plants and individual quick frozen facilities. He assured full support for business to business contacts between Italy and Pakistan.