ISLAMABAD : Harvest Tradings CEO Ahmad Jawad has said Government must negotiate on the export of kinnow with the Thai counterpart. Currently Thai market is not open for Pakistani fruits.  Talking to delegation from Sargodha kinnow growers, he said we produces 1.7 million ton kinnow (oranges) every year with 13th largest standing in the world and due to our geo economic position Pakistani kinnow may easily serve the consumption volumes in Asean region. Thailand is a trading nation.

 and it is doing business with the whole of the world.

He said being member of Asean, Thailand offers 500-million consumer market to Pakistan, as Asean by 2015 would be a common market on the pattern of European market.

He divulged that in Asean, the share of Thailand is 25 per cent of its total trade.

The annual bilateral trade between Thailand and Pakistan around $1billion, which needs to further, improve it.

He said that exchange of business delegations could be better option for exploring areas of common interest.

Similarly, Thailand has recently been recognised as the 'world kitchen' owing to the plenty of food resources as well as the continuous success in development in food industry.

In this regard we may get benefit from Thailand in processing of food to increase the shelf life of the fruits and vegetables to curtail our post harvest losses.

It's time that both countries may setup Joint Committee on agriculture and share the concepts of modern technologies in agricultural systems for the improvement of agricultural productions e.g. crop yield, livestock production, aquaculture production and sustainable agriculture.

As we required sustainable technological advancements must be used to provide farmers with tools and resources; he added.