Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Kazakhstan is ready to acquire bulk rice from Pakistan

Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin of Kazakhstan expressed interest in importing rice straight from Pakistan.

The Kazakhstan envoy told Syed Fakhar Imam, the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, that his country bought the item from Russia.

In May 2022, Kazakhstan will organise an exclusive trade summit for Pakistani enterprises in Almaty, allowing them to present their products to the Kazakh business community.

In addition to agricultural machinery, agricultural products, sports goods, surgical instruments, handicrafts and sweets, the show will include over 60 Pakistani companies.

During the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Pakistan, both nations decided to improve agricultural product turnover. The event was in November 2021.

Minister for National Food Security and Research Fakhar Imam stated that Pakistan had surplus rice and potato to export to Kazakhstan.

Imam emphasised that Pakistan and Kazakhstan must maximise potential for collaboration. He believed that expanding bilateral collaboration would be mutually beneficial.

A memorandum of agreement on agricultural cooperation between Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Agriculture and the Kazakhstan Ministry of National Food Security and Research was discussed.

Agribusiness, quarantine and plant protection, veterinary care and agricultural research are all areas where cooperation is needed, according to Imam.

“Scientific research collaboration can show to be the cornerstone in bilateral trade relations,” he stated. While Pakistan’s food security has issues, the agriculture industry can be changed with the appropriate policies.

The local agricultural has relied on traditional farming techniques, but the minister believes it is time to modernise.

Officials from Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of National Food Security and Research will meet online in April 2022 to discuss ways to improve cooperation.

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