The sixth meeting of the Joint Working Group on Agricultural Cooperation between the governments of Pakistan and Belarus was held on Tuesday.
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema, while co-chairing the meeting, said that this meeting provides an opportunity to further strengthen partnership in all sectors, especially in agriculture.
“The establishment of a joint working group and joint ministerial commission reflects commitment to explore opportunities for collaboration,” he added.
While appreciating the MOUs signed between the two countries to cooperate in agriculture sector, Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema said that such initiatives will enable both sides to fully harness potential in improving yield in economically important crops, food processing, seed production, irrigation water management, management of animal diseases, and improving milk and meat production.
Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema said that Belarus has achieved excellence in agriculture machinery production and Pakistan can benefit from the expertise of Belarus in areas such as manufacturing tractors, establishment of modern abattoirs, improvement of livestock breeds, installation of milk processing units, and institutionalization of disease surveillance, monitoring, and reporting systems.
We can work together to leverage our strengths and expertise to achieve our shared goals of promoting sustainable agriculture, enhancing food security, and improving nutrition for the citizens, he said.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of Belarus, Vadim Shagoiko, said that the trade between the two countries has increased by 9.4% compared to the last year. He hoped that the trade volume will continue to grow.