Reap, TDAP to explore foreign rice markets

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LAHORE: Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) will fully support Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) for exploring various foreign markets to maximise exports. Chaudhry Sameeullah, vice chairman of Reap, in a statement on Thursday, appreciated the role of Abid Javaid Akbar, chief executive of TDAP, in boosting rice exports. He further hailed the cooperation of TDAP’s chief in this connection. He said Abid Javaid Akbar is a senior officer of commerce and trade group, honest and hard worker, and working to the entire satisfaction of all sectors.

He informed that the authority’s chief announced to develop comprehensive program focused on promoting rice export to Central Asian states. Exhibition will be arranged in collaboration of rice exporters to showcase Pakistani rice.

Central Asian states have huge demand for Pakistani Basmati, which is an integral part of Turkish cuisine.

Rice exporters expected better relation with the TDAP to boost export and foreign exchange, as we are to achieve three billion dollars rice exports.

“We hope that the authority will always solve problems instead for creating hurdles in the way of exports. We also hope that in future the authority will sit together with all the stakeholders to ensure that there should be no impediment in the way of growth of exports and exporters,” said Sameeullah.

Punjab government will soon hand over five acres lands for the establishment of Rice Technical Training Institute to produce skill manpower for the rice industry. “We expect that the TDAP will give our due share from the export development fund (EDF) for the establishment of technical training institute.”


Courtesy: The News

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