FAO holds meeting for recovery, dev of FATA
ISLAMABAD—The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) held the second steering committee meeting of the Project for Assistance to Recovery and Development of Agricultural Economy in FATA here on Monday. Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Muhammad Tahir, Deputy Secretary EAD, Yousaf Rahim, Additional Secretary Planning and Development FATA Secretariat, Ms. Junko Kawata Economic Researcher/ Adviser Embassy of Japan, Ken Kato Senior Representative Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Mr. Patrick T Evans, Country Representative FAO, participated among others in the meeting.
Welcoming the participants, FAO Country Representative Mr. Patrick T Evans said the government was working to have all Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) from FATA back to their homes by the end of this year. It also brings responsibility on us to support these efforts. He also said the main focus was to rebuild the lives of the TDPs and provide timely inputs such as fodder, animal health, fruit tree nursery establishment, fisheries and developing irrigation systems etc. would not only help in putting their lives together but also improve overall economy in FATA. Raffaele DelCima Program Manager, FAO gave a detailed presentation on the progress of the project in Khyber and Kurram Agencies. He briefed participants on agriculture input support, planned distribution of fodder, agricultural packages, water courses and harvesting structures, irrigation and capacity development initiatives. Additional Secretary Planning and Development Mr. Yousaf Rahim appreciated the support of FAO. He also said that since Orakzai agency had also been opened for TDPs’ returns. In her concluding remarks, Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), said this project is instrumental in ensuring timely return and rehabilitation of TDPs from FATA.—APP