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Pak Agricultural Trade Mission to U.S.

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LAHORE: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration
with the U.S.A. Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC), sent a Pakistani
delegation to the United States for a two-week trade mission on
September 9.

The fourteen-member delegation is comprised of Pakistani companies
that import crops known as pulses.  The trade mission offers
participants the opportunity to learn about the U.S. dry pea, bean and
lentil sector through meetings with top producers, processors, and
exporters.

The group will travel to Spokane, WA, Great Falls, MT, Bismarck, ND
and Minneapolis, MN, from September 9 – 21, 2018.  The delegation will
visit production areas and see new pulse varieties, while developing
an invaluable network with the U.S. industry.

Highlighting the importance of this trade mission and the value to
Pakistan’s pulses sector participants, USDA’s Agricultural Counselor
Casey Bean said, “Leading this delegation to the Pacific Northwest
demonstrates our commitment to showcase high quality U.S. pulses that
can assist Pakistan’s industry to meet rising consumer demand.”

Following a similar 2016 trade mission, the Pakistani delegation
concluded deals worth $3.5 million. Subsequently, the USDA-industry
collaborative partnership has led to a record level of $20 million in
U.S. pulses exports to Pakistan during CY 2017.

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