SMEDA paves way for tech trans­fer in hor­ti­cul­ture at Macfrut

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The eight-mem­ber Small and Medium En­ter­prises De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (SMEDA) trade del­e­ga­tion par­tic­i­pated in ‘Macfrut,’ an in­ter­na­tional trade fair in Italy, to pave the way for trans­fer­ring mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in the field of hor­ti­cul­ture and food sec­tor.

She­har­yar Tahir, Head Ex­ter­nal Re­la­tions De­part­ment of SMEDA, said af­ter re­turn­ing from the fair. Tahir lead the del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing Rashid Khan form KP, Muham­mad Zahid Dur­rani, Muham­mad Asif War­raich and Shamoon Sadiq from Pun­jab, Zakir Hus­sain Kasi and Sami­ul­lah Baloch from Balochis­tan, and Deepak Sakhija and Aarij Iqbal from Sindh.

Saira Ali, Com­mer­cial Coun­sel­lor of Pak­istan in Italy, also vis­ited the fair and met with the del­e­ga­tion. In­clud­ing Pak­istan, 84 in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates from 15 coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in the event to learn more about how to de­liver bet­ter qual­ity and safe high-con­ve­nience fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Tahir said SMEDA-UNIDO-Italia In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Project (IPU) had or­gan­ised the del­e­ga­tion with joint as­sis­tance of Pak­istan and Ital­ian Em­bassies along with Pak­istan and Ital­ian De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

The theme of Macfrut 2016 was ‘Show­cas­ing In­no­va­tion’ and the dis­play in­cluded lat­est prod­ucts in seeds, breed­ing and nurs­ery, crop tech­nol­ogy, pro­duc­tion, trad­ing and re­tail, pro­cess­ing ma­chin­ery, pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als, fresh cut, dried fruit, lo­gis­tics, and ser­vices sec­tor, he said. “Ad­di­tional events were also of­fered to learn and dis­cuss in­no­va­tion in the sec­tor.”

He in­formed that the Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion stud­ied lat­est agro-re­lated tech­nol­ogy both in ma­chin­ery as well as pack­ag­ing dur­ing the fair. They also en­gaged with a num­ber of ex­hibitors and vis­ited booths ac­cord­ing to their spe­cific line of busi­ness.

Their main fo­cus was on tech­nol­ogy trans­fer for value-ad­di­tion, en­hanc­ing qual­ity of prod­ucts, and pack­ag­ing to boost ex­ports of Pak­istani prod­ucts, he said. Grad­ing and sort­ing tech­nolo­gies were also fo­cused upon by the Pak­istani del­e­ga­tion.

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