FAO holds meet­ing for re­cov­ery, dev of FATA

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

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

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