Pakistan plans Horticulture Festival to boost bilateral trade with Oman


Faqir Nusrat Hussain. Pic: Supplied

Muscat: In order to promote trade and business ties with Oman, Pakistan will organise a three-day Pakistan Horticulture Festival in Muscat which will display top varieties of Pakistani fruits, vegetables and flowers in January 2013. This was stated by a top official of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Agriculture and Livestock (FPCAL) here.

Pakistan is keen to boost bilateral trade with Oman and ready to supply fresh fruits, dry fruits, vegetables and flowers on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, depending on the needs in Omani market. The mega event, schedule to be held from January 21 to 23, will also see a 'Sufi Festival' being organised on the sidelines with sufi singers Zamin Ali and Rahat Bano, daughter of legendary folk singer Surraiya Multaniker, singing live for the Muscat audience in order to promote cultural understanding between the two people.

"We do not just want to boost trade with Oman but want to do it on a permanent basis. This horticulture festival will be the first step in that direction. Once I am back in Pakistan, I hope to facilitate a visit to Oman by a full-fledged Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry delegation very soon," said Faqir Nusrat Hussain, secretary general of FPCAL, while talking to Times of Oman.

Pakistan's is predominantly an agriculture economy with world class infrastructure and produce. "We will bring to the festival progress grower, scientists of agriculture, horticulture and livestock. We will also bring agronomist, economist and engineers who will display their knowledge, skill and techniques not only in the field of agriculture but also in how to save water for tomorrow," Hussain added.

The FPCAL official said that during his visit he felt that Oman needed new techniques, technology and engineering support for best use of water for irrigation and other agricultural needs.

"We can also help Oman in applying latest techniques to save water for tomorrow. I believe drip irrigation is not fit for this country. Everyone wants to minimise cost and increase profit."

"To achieve this goal, I propose Oman should consider switching over the current irrigation system to sprinkle and trickle irrigation system. Both these system are running successfully in Pakistan," he added.

He said Pakistan will send some of its senior most engineers who are the pioneers of using latest trends and technologies in Pakistan's agriculture sector.

"During the festival, our federation may well offer some of the latest equipment to our Omani brothers free of cost. I am sure so many new ideas will be exchanged and this festival will go a long way in helping Omani farmers, researchers and academicians," Hussain concluded.

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