Qaim inaugurates date festival

Sukkur—Former Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah Monday inaugurated the Khairpur Date Festival.
Speaking to audience at the seminar held in Sachal Auditorium Qaim Ali Shah said that he was impressed by the dates verities displayed at the festival.
He called for an effective global marketing of the product. He noted that there was a high demand of dates of Khairpur in India and Malaysia. He, however, said that the product could not make its way into the European markets due to certain reasons.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah pointed out that Iran was exporting dates to many European countries, and observed that its product was competing in the international market due to the attractive packing.
He stressed the need for ensuring a high standard of packing while exporting Khairpur dates. Furthermore, he added, that the quality of dates should be improved to capture the foreign markets. He also called for preservation of the crop for export purpose. Commissioner Sukkur Muhammad Abbas Baloch in his speech said that the construction of a cold storage plant for dates was under way and would be completed soon.
Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the stalls set up at the exhibition at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto open-air theatre.
On the occasion, MNA Nafeesa Shah, former MPA Syed Bachal Shah, SPP Khairpur Azfar Mahesar, Deputy Commissioner Khairpur Fayyaz Hussain Abbasi, Additional Deputy Commissioner- II Riaz Wassan, Lal Bux Mangi, Dr Sarwar Markhand and others also addressed.—APP

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