SMEDA paves way for tech transfer in horticulture at Macfrut
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.