Australia’s water program in Pakistan to boost agriculture sector

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 31 (APP): Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson and Federal Minister for Defence Production and Minister for Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussain, Tuesday launched the Australian Government’s AUD 15 million Water Programme in Pakistan.
The programme aims at to continue longstanding bilateral collaboration on building capacity to improve water management and boost agricultural productivity in Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Adamson noted that Australia has supported agricultural research in Pakistan since the 1980s.
“Our continued support through Australian expertise will help Pakistan to build an innovation-based agriculture sector through targeted public investment not only to boost agriculture profitability, but most importantly to ensure food security”, Ms Adamson said.
‘Australia has more than one thousand companies which can provide advice and technologies in this critical sector’.
The Australian Government’s Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) was working with federal and provincial agriculture and livestock departments, the Pakistan Council for Water Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and university research institutions to address technical, social, economic and policy constraints hindering growth in the agriculture sector.
APP/Was/VNS, Islamabad