Pakistan Helping Afghanistan in cotton production and processing.
A six member delegation comprising officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Government of Afghanistan, and private cotton processors visited Pakistan from 10th February to 16th February 2014. In a meeting with Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry, Government of Pakistan, the Afghan delegation showed its interest in coordinating with Pakistan Cotton Standardization Institute, Pakistan Central Cotton Committee and Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association for developing cotton standards, capacity building of field staff in cotton production technology and improving the cotton processing (ginning) sector. The Secretary, Ms. Rukhsana Shah in her welcome address to the delegation assured them that every possible facility would be provided to make their visit meaningful. She further added that Pakistan being 4th largest cotton producing country has 63 years of experience in cotton value chain. In his briefing, the Cotton Commissioner explained the entire cotton and textile value chain and discussed the management of procedural details of various components. Pakistan’s expertise in CLCV management and maintenance of cotton Germplasm evinced a great deal of interest. Mr. Munib Abdullah, head of the Afghan delegation expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome Pakistan has showed and the facilitation provided by the Ministry in making this visit a reality. Later, the delegation departed for Multan where they visited Central Cotton Research Institute, Multan, Ginning Factories and met with different association, scientists, and farmers to identify venues of future collaboration.
Snappshots of Afghan Delegation Visit at Central Cotton Research Institute(CCRI), Multan.