Malaysia to im­port food prod­ucts from Pak­istan

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Pak­istan and Malaysia have de­cided to fur­ther en­hance bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in the field of agri­cul­ture with Malaysia agree­ing to im­port more live­stock, fish, rice, beef, fruits & veg­eta­bles from Pak­istan.

"We are al­ready im­port­ing a con­sid­er­able amount of rice, fruits and other food prod­ucts from Pak­istan and we want this co­op­er­a­tion to grow fur­ther in the coming months," said Malaysia's Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Noh Omar dur­ing a meet­ing with Pak­istan's Min­is­ter for Na­tional Food Se­cu­rity & Re­search Mir Is­rarul­lah Zehri in Kuala Lumpur, said a state­ment re­ceived here on Thurs­day.

Pak­istan's Act­ing High Com­mis­sioner to Malaysia Mo­ham­mad Nadeem Khan, Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of Malaysia's Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Malaysia Datuk Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah, Chair­man Malaysia-Pak­istan Busi­ness Coun­cil Datuk Salim bin Fateh Din, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture and Mar­ket­ing Author­ity (Fama) Dr Ah­mad and Un­der Sec­re­tary Strate­gic Plan­ning and In­ter­na­tional Di­vi­sion, MOA, Malaysia Mr. Muham­mad Salimi Bin Sa­jari were also present.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Malaysia's Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based In­dus­try Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Noh Omar men­tioned about 171 buf­fa­los which were given to Malaysia by the Government of Pun­jab and called for re­lax­ing the pro­ce­dure for im­port­ing more an­i­mals from Pak­istan as Malaysia was in need of many more.

He also ap­pre­ci­ated the qual­ity of Pak­istani fruits spe­cially man­goes and ki­noos and hoped that the quantum of fruits be­ing im­ported from Pak­istan will in­crease with the pas­sage of time. Datuk Seri Noh Omar noted that fol­low­ing his visit to Pak­istan, three sep­a­rate MoUs had been signed be­tween the two gov­ern­ments for ex­change of sci­en­tific knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion as well as for the im­port and distri­bu­tion of fruit juices, fruit-based con­sumer prod­ucts and frozen beef from Pak­istan to Malaysia.

Sim­i­larly, a Let­ter of In­tent had also been signed be­tween the Government of Pun­jab and the De­part­ment of Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices Malaysia for ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion in the ve­teri­nary sec­tor. Datuk Seri Noh Omar said the Malaysian government had moved swiftly on im­ple­ment­ing th­ese MoUs and it had al­ready granted li­cense for ex­port of

Pak­istani beef to Malaysia while a to­tal of 171 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing Neeli Ravi buf­faloes, had also been im­ported from Pak­istan for de­vel­op­ing "our buf­falo in­dus­try and im­prov­ing their gene pool".

He also re­ferred to the grow­ing im­port of Pak­istani rice to Malaysia which im­ported 43,000 MT of Pak­istani rice in 2009 but in­creased it to 123,000 MT in 2010 and to a size­able 148,000 MT in 2011 re­spec­tively. Mir Is­rarul­lah Zehri thanked his Malaysian coun­ter­part for invit­ing him to at­tend the Malaysian Agri­cul­ture, Hor­ti­cul­ture and Agro-tourism Show (MAHA) 2012 and urged the Malaysian government to con­sider in­creas­ing im­port of beef and mut­ton from Pak­istan as qual­ity of meat was very good and the slaugh­ter­ing of an­i­mals was in ac­cor­dance with Ha­lal stan­dards.

He also in­vited his Malaysian coun­ter­part to visit Pak­istan in Fe­bru­ary 2012 to at­tend the live­stock fair held in Sibi Balochis­tan.

Later, Mir Is­rarul­lah Zehri vis­ited var­i­ous pavil­ions and stalls set up at MAHA 2012. He evinced keen in­ter­est in var­i­ous prod­ucts, food items and live­stock put on dis­play.

On the oc­ca­sion, he also spoke to the lo­cal me­dia and shared with them var­i­ous pro­pos­als and mea­sures cur­rently be­ing pur­sued by Pak­istan and Malaysia to en­hance mu­tual co­op­er­a­tion in a di­verse range of fields, in­clud­ing im­port of agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery and equip­ment; tech­niques of hor­ti­cul­ture fruit-grow­ing and veg­etable gar­den­ing; plant pro­tec­tion and fer­til­iz­ers; live­stock farm­ing and breed­ing; Green House tech­nol­ogy; feed and feed­stuff pro­duc­tion; ve­teri­nary medicine; fish farm­ing; en­ergy-sav­ing tech­nolo­gies for agri­cul­ture; pro­duc­tion of biomass fuel, bio­gas, biodiesel, re­new­able and alternative en­er­gies (Bio­fuel); and water man­age­ment and forestry.

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