US plans to expand agri trade with Pak, provide access to beef market

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ISLAMABAD, OCT 26: US Ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome, on Wednesday, said the United States was considering allowing Pakistan access to the US beef market and introducing high-yield cotton seed technology.

The ambassador said in a meeting with Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema here that they discussed matters of mutual interest, said a press release.

The minister welcomed the ambassador and appreciated the cordial relations between the two countries.

Cheema said Pakistan was facing challenges due to recent floods and rains. “Our priority is to recover as much agricultural land as possible and help the displaced people resettle back to their homes”.

Donald Blome said the people of the United States stand with Pakistan and that the US government was increasing the flood assistance package for Pakistan.
He said apart from the assistance, he looks forward to expanding agriculture trade between the two countries and building stronger relations. The ambassador also expressed his interest in working with Pakistan in the agriculture sector.

The minister welcomed the initiative and said that in the recent floods, cotton and dates were the most affected crops.

Donald Blome said the US has a substantial commitment to address climate change through resilience and mitigation measures. “Pakistan is among the top 10 countries affected by climate change,” he said.

He showed an interest in working with Pakistan’s government to address future challenges.