Karachi (Kissan News): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted the first-ever ‘Modernizing Agriculture through Innovative Technologies Conference 2020′ in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The tournament showcased the transformational have an effect on of the US-Pakistan partnership to advance agricultural commercialisation in Pakistan via strategic partnerships with 30 dynamic agricultural applied sciences companies.
The convention is a part of USAID’s four-year Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA). This initiative enables the non-public sector to present Pakistani farmers get right of entry to to leading edge agricultural merchandise and control practices, which fortify productiveness and fortify competitiveness.
One of the necessary highlights of the convention was once the unveiling of PATTA’s “Agri-Tech Hub” – a suite of pioneering agricultural applied sciences and tools being promoted by way of the mission and its agribusiness partners. Key agriculture sector stakeholders additionally held a panel discussion on the possibility of private sector agri-tech investments to change into Pakistani agriculture, create jobs, inspire adoption of agricultural inventions, cut back costs, and remedy issues for farmers and growers.
Joint Secretary, Ministry for National Food Security and Research Dr Muhammad Khurshid praised USAID for empowering farmers to boost their incomes and to make stronger meals security. He also applauded the undertaking’s partners for joining arms with the United States to deliver power to Pakistan’s agriculture sector, and extend developments in agri-tech to rural farmers in far off districts where consciousness of such applied sciences has been limited.
USAID/Pakistan’s Acting Mission Director Clay W Epperson reiterated the importance of the private sector’s position in uplifting agriculture. “The long run of agricultural development in Pakistan is enterprise-driven,” said Epperson. “Deepening collaboration with private enterprises will forge mutually beneficial ventures and tackle demanding situations. Working in combination, we will embody modernity in the agriculture sector with trailblazing services, and excellent agricultural management practices. Greater affect can’t be achieved by myself.”
PATTA improves access to new applied sciences and boosts financial productivity by way of lowering post-harvest losses and extending meals production with new agricultural applied sciences. USAID additionally helps private sector agribusinesses via development their capacity via a broad-based technical help package deal, which incorporates talents enhancement opportunities to seriously build up gross sales and make bigger trade networks, in the end reaping rewards local farmers.