Niger keen to strengthen bilateral cooperation in agriculture
ISLAMABAD: A high level parliamentary delegation led by Seini Oumarou, president of the National Assembly of Niger is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to strengthen the growing cooperation of economic partnership between Pakistan and Niger.
In this connection, the Niger delegation, led by Oumarou visited the Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) on Tuesday to witness the agricultural research activities carried out under the centre.
The delegation intended to learn from Pakistan’s experience in improving agriculture, particularly the seeds production.
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam was also present at the research centre.
On the occasion, Imam held discussions with the delegates and offered/assured full support of the government of Pakistan to develop and strengthen the agriculture sector of Niger through mutual agreements.
Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan, chairman of PARC, said that the areas of cooperation agreed by the both parties are exchange of elite genetic resources of economically important cereal crops, fruits, vegetables and livestock, training of Niger scientists in tissue culture technology, PARC has developed desert agriculture model on 200 acres, Niger scientists may visit that model and replicate it, if found feasible, value addition projects, including food processing, training of Niger scientists in seed technology, collaboration/joint ventures in fabricating farm machinery and high efficiency irrigation equipment, as Pakistan has one the best irrigation system in the world, and the Pakistani scientists may train Niger scientists in the areas relating to irrigation.
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