June 22, 2022 (MLN): Chief Secretary Sindh, Dr. Sohail Rajput on Wednesday assured complete support of the Sindh government to rice exporters to resolve their issues at the earliest, said a press release issued today.
Rice Exports Association of Pakistan (REAP) has organized a lunch in honor of Dr. Sohail Rajput, Chief Secretary Sindh today.
Dr. Sohail Rajput said that the agriculture sector is the backbone of our country, however, there is a lack of Research & Development in this important sector. He said that the youth generation has to step forward and contribute their role to the growth of Pakistan's economy.
Sindh Govt has initiated various projects on Public-Private Partnership. He welcomed REAP’s proposals for the betterment of the rice sector and suggested holding a separate meeting of REAP Team and Sindh Govt Officials next week to proceed further, he added.
Anwar Mianoor, SVC REAP in his welcome address informed that rice from Sindh province has a huge share in total rice exports from Pakistan.
He thanked Sindh Govt to consider REAP’s proposal, especially to the Secretary of Agriculture to approve Phytotron Tunnel Project. This project will be a game-changer in the agriculture sector.
Abdul Rahim Janoo, Chairman of South Zone Group in his address said that being Chairman Ruling Group he is considering Youth for representation in REAP’s managing Committee for the last couple of years. This practice is bringing good results. He added that with the consistent efforts of REAP Members, rice exports have seen growth from $300 million to $2 billion.
He was hopeful that this year, we will be able to break the record of rice exports. He has shown his serious concerns about the trend of replacing agricultural lands with housing societies.
He said that it will be disastrous for our agriculture sectors and if it continues, we may be dependent on imports for food.