Thursday, May 21, 2015

US helping Balochistan improve food storage to market its products: Richard Olson

Thursday, 21 May 2015 

by Imaduddin

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson said Thursday his country was helping Balochistan improve its food storage which could help it in marketing its produce in rest of the country.

Olson and Balochistan Additional Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Imran Khan Thursday commemorated the conclusion of the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Pakistan Agriculture and Cold Chain Development Project in a ceremony highlighting the project's accomplishments, said an embassy statement here.

"Balochistan is the province that adds variety to Pakistan's diet. Our project helps to connect Balochistan with consumers in the rest of Pakistan," said Olson.

He noted that at the start of the project, US and Pakistani officials realized that finding a way to "help Balochistan's perishable crops reach consumers throughout Pakistan in the best and safest condition possible would help to reduce losses, improve returns to farmers, and meet the demands of consumers."

A joint effort between the USDA, Winrock International, and a number of agricultural organizations in Balochistan, the project funded the construction of 78 physical structures such as cold storage, banana ripening units, and drying tunnels throughout the province.

The five-year project was funded under USDA's Food for Peace Program by selling 21,000 metric tons of US soybean oil and using the proceeds to fund capacity building initiatives and the construction of cold storage and other food preservation tools in Balochistan.

Reflecting on Balochistan's position as a top producer of many fruits, nuts, and vegetables in Pakistan, Ambassador Olson commented that the project also supported the seafood sector by providing over 30 flake ice units to enhance fishermen's ability to safely store and prolong the life of their catches. So far, over 220,000 Pakistanis have benefited from the project and report a 20-25 percent reduction in losses and a corresponding increase in income.

Haji Ghousullah a trader from Chaman and a beneficiary of the project remarked, "I see my cold storage facility developing into a major hub for fresh fruits and vegetables storage in the area."

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US, Pak celebrate conclusion of USDA project in Balochistan

* 78 physical structures such as cold storage, banana ripening units and drying tunnels have been constructed

May 22, 2015


ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador Richard Olson and Balochistan Additional Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives Imran Khan commemorated the conclusion of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pakistan Agriculture and Cold Chain Development Project in a ceremony highlighting the project’s accomplishments.

A joint effort by USDA, Winrock International and a number of agricultural organisations in Balochistan, the project funded the construction of 78 physical structures such as cold storage, banana ripening units and drying tunnels throughout the province.

The five-year project was funded under USDA’s Food for Peace Programme by selling 21,000 metric tonnes of US soybean oil and using the proceeds to fund capacity building initiatives and the construction of cold storage and other food preservation tools in Balochistan.

Reflecting on Balochistan’s position as a top producer of many fruits, nuts, and vegetables in Pakistan, Ambassador Richard commented, “Balochistan is the province that adds variety to Pakistan’s diet. Our project helps to connect Balochistan with consumers in the rest of Pakistan.” He noted that at the start of the project, US and Pakistani officials realised that finding a way to “help Balochistan’s perishable crops reach consumers throughout Pakistan in the best and safest condition possible would help to reduce losses, improve returns to farmers, and meet the demands of consumers”.

The project also supported the seafood sector by providing over 30 flake ice units to enhance fishermen’s ability to safely store and prolong the life of their catches. So far, over 220,000 Pakistanis have benefited from the project and report a 20-25 percent reduction in losses and a corresponding increase in income. Haji Ghousullah a trader from Chaman and a beneficiary of the project remarked, “I see my cold storage facility developing into a major hub for fresh fruits and vegetables storage in the area.”

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), links US agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities and global food security. Recognising its importance to economic growth, US is helping to boost Pakistan’s agricultural productivity, particularly through improved irrigation, technology and sharing best practices. US also helps Pakistani agribusinesses expand their sales and operations, with the goal of linking thousands of local producers nationwide to major commercial firms.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/22-May-2015/us-pak-celebrate-conclusion-of-usda-project-in-balochistan

http://dailyazadiquetta.com/2015/05/22/امریکہ-بلوچستان-میں-مختلف-مقامات-پر-کو/


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