Mr. Hur Taewoong, Administrator Rural Development Administration (RDA) Korea, led a Korean delegation that paid a courtesy visit to Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research.
The Federal Minister praised Korea’s investment of 700,000 dollars in Pakistan’s agricultural development. He stated that bilateral collaboration in the fields of agri-machinery, agricultural inputs, and protected agriculture created in Korea would be expanded through the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Pakistan Centre. According to the Federal Minister, Korean innovations will be imported and modified to the local environment through the KOPIA Pakistan Centre.
Fakhar thanked the Republic of Korea for assisting Pakistan in transferring technologies for small-scale farming machines and vegetable seed manufacturing systems. Aeroponic technology for potato seed production, post-harvest management technology in the chilli crop, and the introduction of ryegrass as a high yielding fodder, according to the Minister, will all improve overall production yield.
Fakhar briefed the delegation on Pakistan’s livestock industry and the importance of developing value-added animal products. He expressed optimism about increasing the number and quality of agricultural products that can be traded between the two countries, and he promised complete cooperation.
Both delegations decided to expand their collaboration in the areas of machinery and seed production.
Mr. Sur Sangpyo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Dr. Cho Gyoungrae, Director of the Korea Program on International Agriculture (KOPIA) Pakistan Centre, attended the conference.