Iran shows keen interest to import meat, livestock from Pakistan


ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 (APP):Iran has shown interest in importing meat and livestock products from Pakistan as it has huge potential in this particular sector.
Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, during a call on meeting with Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan, said that Iran had a big demand for these products, adding it was importing them from Latin America and Brazil, which were quite costly.“Iran is aware of Pakistan’s potential in the field and is more eager to import from Pakistan,” he said.
Honardoost said that Iran was eager to talk on every forum at their side to benefit from Pakistani meat products.
During the meeting, matters related to promoting bilateral relations through trade especially in the field of agriculture were discussed. Both the dignitaries were of the view that Pakistan and Iran share a geographical border that provides an opportunity to facilitate trade in agricultural products.
They agreed that there were certain issues in trading agricultural commodities between the two sides.
On the occasion, Federal Minister said that both the countries shared a long border and there was a need to exploit that potential.
He told the Iranian ambassador that Pakistan had a state of the art meat processing plant in Karachi and it had potential to export to Iran the required quantity of meat.
The federal minister invited the Iranian team to visit the remarkable meat facility in Karachi.
It was also proposed in the meeting that through a mutual venture an abattoir could be started at Taftan border for ready and fresh meat through Pakistan.
Mehboob Sultan told the Iranian ambassador that Pakistani mangoes were exported to different countries across the world to the satisfaction of importing countries.
He said, Iranian reservations regarding hot water treatment plants for mangoes could be removed and suggested that Iranian officials/experts concerned could also visit the plants.
He said that both countries could cooperate in innumerable ways and it was in their best interest to enhance their interactions and expand trade volume.
The minister expressed the hope that Iran would restart issuing transit permit(s); stopped some 3-4 years ago for Pakistani goods including fodder, wheat straw, carrot and garlic, to be exported through Iran to Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq , Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.