Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) has requested the foreign minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to put transfer of agriculture technology as his top agenda and direct Pakistani embassies abroad to encourage technology transfer projects in agriculture. REAP hails Bilawal Bhutto’s zeal to improve Pakistani’s agriculture sector productivity and yields shown by him during his tour to different countries recently. Bilawal spoke from heart about the importance of agriculture in Pakistan’s economy and how it can play its role in improving the lives of Pakistanis.

Ali Hussam Asghar, Chairman REAP, in his statement issued here Monday said the only way forward to becoming food secure is by improving yields per acre with use of new technology. He also requested the foreign minister to give utmost importance agriculture development in projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He assured that REAP and its members would stand behind foreign minister in his vision to grow more and export more. He said drought like situation being faced by the country right now makes introduction of drought resistance seed varieties as need of the hour and foreign minister can play a pivotal role in this regard.

Shahzad Ali Malik, Group leader in REAP was of the view that agricultural machinery and seed technology should be sourced to Pakistan from China under CPEC to increase per acre yield and making available more for domestic requirements and to export more.