Pakistan attains potential markets for exporting rice: Razak

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From Business Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said that Pakistan had attained huge space in global rice market for exporting local rice in potential markets of Middle East, North America and African regions to achieve the target of increasing the agricultural exports.

He said the government intended to take the exports to the highest level ever and for that purpose it was taking different measures to reclaim traditional markets besides accessing new ones.

He informed that rice delegation from Mexico would hopefully arrive to Pakistan in June to appraise various rice exporters for giving them permission for exporting rice to Mexico.

The adviser said the all members of Rice Exports Association Pakistan (REAP) should prepare themselves for this opportunity from visiting delegation of Mexico so that maximum members get order approval in their market. He said that during past few years, local rice export to Mexico had been held up for some time and after this “I hope that our rice will be able to enter in Mexican market.”

Razak Dawood said that rice was the largest agro-export commodity in the country’s export basket with a total volume of over $2 billion, which would be increased to $5 billion in the next five years.

He demanded the local rice exporters to introduce new varieties of rice to enhance production and quality by investing in research and development.

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