Australia, Pakistan enjoy best relations in agri sector: Margaret

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MULTAN, July 18 (APP): Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson said that Australia and Pakistan enjoyed cordially relationships in various fields especially in agriculture sector.

She was happy to know that mango was second major fruit of Pakistan.

She said that besides cricket, mangoes were also recognition of Pakistan.

Margaret Adamson congratulated Pakistani people on excellent victory in test match at Lords Cricket Ground. She said this while addressing the two days Mango Festival, at Mango Research Institute Multan. The event was organized jointly by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture and Agriculture department Multan.

She informed that Australia was extending immense cooperation especially in agriculture field, adding the Agriculture Sector Linkages Programme (ASLP) launched by Australia in Pakistan was yielding good results. It aimed to improve contemporary farm practices, establishing disease free nurseries, improving marketing opportunities and value added chain system, she said and added that training to scientists and farmers was also being managed under the ASLP.

She said that scientists of both countries were sharing their
experiences with one another and benefiting the farmers, adding that nearly 5000 farming families were being supported through this programme in the country. She maintained that the both countries were also working on dairy and livestock sectors. Punjab was heavy weight of Agriculture and Australia was also offering agriculture assistance in Sindh and Balochistan, she informed.

On this occasion, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan, MNA Muhammad Khan Daha, MPA Rana Mehmoodul Hassan and others were also present.