Sindh Government and Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan agree to undertake joint efforts to promote rice cultivation, enhance capacity building of rice growers and increase rice export

Karachi, December 04, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Sindh Govt and Management of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) agreed to undertake joint efforts to promote rice cultivation, enhance capacity building of rice growers and increase the volume of rice export for their bilateral benefits.

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah formed committee headed by Sindh Minister for Agriculture Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar with Secretary Agriculture and representatives for reap as members and assigned them to work out schedule, starting from educating the rice growers through seminars, literature and mechanical exhibitions for their capacity building to increase par acre production, avoid harvesting losses and introduce new but qualitative specially late varieties which are suppose to be sown in the time when water is available in rice canal.

The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah presiding over meeting with the 13 members delegation of Rice Export Association of Pakistan (REAP) which called on him under the leadership of Mr. Rafique Suleman Chairman (REAP) at CM House Karachi today, said that farmers / millers/ exporters were the main organs for increasing the volume of rice export and earn foreign exchange and the create the more demand of rice production, which ultimately will be more beneficial for the growers.

The Chief Minister Sindh said that though export was the Federal subject but he will talk to concerned ministries of Federal Govt to get the rice exporters of Sindh facilitated accordingly he assured. However, the Chief Minister Sindh directed the members of REAP also to attend the interests of the rice growers while determining the price of rice.

He said that Sindh was Agro based province and more than 70% its population depend on Agro Products. He said Sindh was rich in rice quality and added that the rice verities Basmati and non Basmati were very much popular in the world as such there is need of opening new windows of exports in the other countries.

He said that whatever facilities fallen in the competency of Sindh Govt would be provided to the exporters, to encourage rice exporters and growers. However he stressed upon the exporters to try their best to project and export competitive rice varies to grip the International market.

While talking about the Law and Order situation the Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that after targeted operation against the heinous crimes and terrorism, more than 65% crime rate has been decreased in Karachi and some crime like kidnapping for ransom was in respite.

He said that now the volume of trade and Business and investment was being increased in Karachi and rest of province, where situation was peaceful. The Chief Minister welcomed the gesture demonstrated by REAP delegation for undertaking joint efforts for capacity building of rice growers.

The Sindh Minister for Agriculture Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar asked the reap management to have separate meeting with him along with his administration to sort out all problems of REAP on the spot. He also assured that Sindh Agriculture Department was ready for arranging joint seminars, workshops for the education of rice growers and also to implement the recommendations passed by experts in the Seminars.

The Chairman REAP Rafiq Suleman while talking in the meeting said that they became exporters because of rice growers as such they intend to enhance the volume of export with Govt facilities, create awareness and skill development of rice growers to encourage and enabling them to meet the future demand of rice production and earn more.

He said that from July 2013 to Nov 2013 reap has exported 228.171 MT ton of Basmati rice and earns $ 224.674,164 million, whereas its export volume from July 2014 to Nov 2014 remained 5% more with 238,450 MT ton against the foreign exchange of $280.789,966 million.

Similarly export volume of non Basmati rice remained 877.817 MT ton against foreign exchange of $ 355.769,988 million from July 2013 to Nov 2013 and 1.019,537 MT ton against $411.911,517 million from July 2014 to Nov 2014 which according to him remained 16% higher than last year.

However he said that they are experiencing some problems in the way of their smooth business including shortage of power especially at the Hawksbay area of Karachi which has badly affected their business. He demanded that industrial areas must be exempted from load shading.

He said that the REAP was in the way to explore and increase export opportunities specially in China Malaysia, Indonesia, Kenya , Iran , Iraq and other countries for which Govt support is needed. The Secretary Agriculture Saqib Soomro briefed the meeting and said that over all total 4 million tons rice has been exported till date during 2014-2015 and added that against this export $ 2 billion have been earned.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Allah Bachayo Memon
Press Secretary
Chief Minister House
Tel: +92-21-99202019
Cell: +92-300-3524057 (Ext: 336)

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