Our Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Food & Agriculture, Nazar Gondal has said that it is extremely encouraging that Pakistani mangoes will reach Japanese markets from next season and Japan has also promised investment in dairy development and horticulture. The Minister was talking to an eight-member delegation of Japanese agriculturists belonging to renowned Japanese agriculture Cooperative Organization (JA) being led by Yasuhiro Nakagawa, Vice Chairman JA Japan and President JA Group, Kyoto Prefecture. We have ample business and investment opportunities for the Japanese investors in Pakistan. We are the worlds fourth largest milk producer and technology to produce by- products from milk would prove extremely beneficial for the Japanese investors. We offer a business conducive environment and opportunities with simple procedures to enter into business deals, said the minister. Yasuhiro Nakagawa said that the JA Group is involved in the farmers security through credit and insurance policies and marketing their products. He added that the group also deals in providing the latest farm machinery, which makes it to be the biggest group of its kind in Japan. We are ready to shift our technology and invest in Pakistan. I have already announced in Japan before my departure that Pakistani mangoes will come into Japanese markets from the next season, added Nakagawa. Gondal said that Pakistan has the third largest number of animals in the world that provides an excellent opportunity for value addition to milk and processing halal meat that has an enormous market the world over. We are the fourth largest exporter of dates by exporting only 13 per centof the production (0.567m tons). It could be greatly enhanced through the introduction of modern processing and packaging technology. Technology to process and make juices from citrus and mangoes is another potential area for investment. Nakagawa assured that he would take concrete and practical step to establish a long lasting business relationship with Pakistan. He said that the group has already established business models in dairy products in Australia and would replicate the same here in Pakistan.