Our Staff reporter FAISALABAD - Speakers at a workshop called for boosting up agriculture trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as enhancing cooperation in the area of food security to cater the need of ever-growing population and curb the trend of unemployment. They were addressing a ceremonial session of a two-weeks training programme Support for Capacity Development for Agriculture Trade In Afghanistan and Pakistan at new senate hall, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad which was presided over by UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan. The event was organised by the UAF is jointly sponsored by the Trade Corridor working Group of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States. Instructors of the training from the US Dr Glyn Bledsoe and Dr Barbara Rasco also spoke on the occasion. Addressing the participants, Dr Iqrar Ahmed said there is considerable trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan, totalling well over US $1 billion, but it is very asymmetric. He said by the trilateral relations, we have to work on three horizon including food security, water management and trade corridor to meet the needs of the countries. Talking about education, he said under the age of 24, only five percent people go to universities while literacy rate ranges from more than 90 % in Islamabad to 20% in the Kohlu District whereas the total literacy rate of the country is 58 percent. With the help of such training, we will able to polish the skills of the teachers and others that will be transmitted to the society resulting in bringing positive changes in the economic status of a layman, he added. Dr Glyn said Afghanistan and Pakistan signed a landmark trade agreement last year that gives landlocked Afghanistan access to Pakistani ports to boost its trade with other nations. He stressed the need to put focus on enhancing the trade by using state-of-art-techniques being imparted to the participants during the training programme. He said that as many as 35 participants hailing from four corners of Pakistan and Afghanistan are being trained in the programme about identification of current trade impediments that affect the ability to deliver high quality food at sale points in both countries, water quality, worker hygiene and fertilizer/ chemical use and developing a sanitation programme and food safety hazards respectively. Dr Barbara Rasco said that it is need of the hour to get the modern knowledge as the world is progressing with each passing day. She said that the training will give a tremendous benefit to the agricultural community keeping in view the latest trends of the world. She said that trade is essential to flourish the economy general and a country particular. Prof Dr Tahir Zahoor said that the agriculture is a backbone of our country economy and with the trade of the neighbouring country, both can flourish and can move towards the road to the development. Prof Dr Asif Ali, Director Innovative Research, called for taking more steps for making the food secure and equipping the masses with modern trade skills.