M J Hayat
LAHORE: Pakistani rice exports will be enhanced to $2.50 billion from $2billion in the current year while the issue of New Basmati seeds development will be taken up with the Punjab government.
The view was expressed by the newly elected chairman Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Safdar Mehkri and vice chairman Ali Hussam Asghar while addressing the 20th annual general meeting of REAP at the Faletti’s Hotel the other day.
REAP Chairman Safdar Mehkri said Pakistani rice exports will be enhanced to $2.50 billion from $2billion in the current year.
All the members of all-out support and also called for proposals from members to boost exports, he assured.
Safdar Mehkri was elected Chairman REAP, Ali Hussam Asghar as Senior
Vice Chairman and Haji Lal Khan as Vice Chairman.
REAP newly elected vice chairman Ali Hussam Asghar said that the issue of New Basmati seeds development will be taken up with Punjab government and help of the government will also be sought in educating farmers to control broken losses at time of Paddy Harvest.
He stressed that the need to make the agriculture ministry at provincial level so that it could work in full coordination with REAP. In order to continue the good work of the outgoing REAP Chairman Samiullh and SVC Mr Rafique Suleman, Asghar said that government’s intervention in shape of pre-shipment inspection will be protested at all the relevant forums and all-out efforts will be undertaken in this regard.
On finding new markets, Asghar said that he would engage the new government and seek their all-out support to resolve issues of Rice Exporters for which a comprehensive proposal shall be prepared presentation for both Federal and Provincial ministries.
The AGM was attended by Shahzad Ali Malik Group Leader REAP North and Mr Rahim Janoo Group leader South Zone and other as well.