Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir while talking to the Iranian Rice Importers Association (IRIA) delegation here on Friday has said that the government would provide all necessary assistance to the Iranian rice traders to enhance export of rice and other food commodities.
The IRIA delegates apprised the minister about the prospects of Pakistani rice in the Iranian markets. Meanwhile, the delegation also had mutual interactions with the representatives of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) and discussed probabilities of exploring new opportunities of rice import from Pakistan. IRIA delegates said Pakistan produces fine quality of rice and could cater huge demand of rice in the Iranian markets.
They also visited PCSIR Laboratories in Lahore where they were briefed about the facilities available with regard to rice standardization and other health related issues of the rice product. The Iranian delegates discussed various precautionary measures and food safety mechanisms on rice with the experts. The delegation also attended rice exporters conference which was addressed by Punjab Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed.
During a meeting with the banking authorities, the Iranian delegates raised the intra-banking transaction issues between the two countries and emphasised for amicable payment mechanism. Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan hosted a dinner in honour of the Iranian delegation which was attended by a large number of leading rice exporters and prominent businessmen. Pakistan being the fourth largest exporter of rice in the world has the potential to increase the graph of rice export to Iran. It is pertinent to mention here that the Iranian delegation visit was facilitated by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP).
Source: Business Recorder