KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 27, 2018

Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah said that the government was working hard to completely mechanize agriculture to increase farm productivity in the province and technical support in this regard could be sought from Uzbekistan and Belarus.

While talking to Furqat Sidiqov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan at CM House on Tuesday, CM Murad said that an Uzbekistan Agriculture Institute could be established at Tando Jam Agriculture University where they could also install a factory to produce agriculture machinery.

He said that Sindh was one of the largest cotton growing provinces in the country. “I want to introduce latest techniques of sowing and picking cotton so that best yield and quality picking could be ensured,” he said.

The Ambassador of Uzbekistan offered chief minister to establish a technical institute in Sindh which would offer specialized graduation and post-graduation degrees in agriculture. He also offered to install a special plant to manufacture agriculture machinery.

The chief minister directed Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu to coordinate with Uzbekistan Embassy for making necessary documentation and agreements for the establishment of agriculture institute and installation of the agricultural equipment manufacturing facility.

The CM congratulated Uzbek envoy on starting of a direct airline from Lahore to Uzbekistan and launching Uzbekistan-Pakistan Economic forum.

The visiting envoy told the CM that a direct flight from Karachi would also be started from March 2019.

Murad Ali Shah said that this connectivity would further strengthen people to people contact and improve trade and commerce between two Muslim brother countries.

In another meeting with Ambassador of Belarus, Andrei Ermolovich CM Murad discussed with him mechanization of agriculture in Sindh. The ambassador said that they had designed special threshers with a dual facility of threshing wheat and rice in the same machine.

“These threshers are affordable and their spare parts are also easily available,” he informed CM Murad.

Murad Ali Shah urged envoy to send samples of threshers and other agricultural machinery for the demonstration so that they could be introduced here through the agriculture chambers.

He directed agriculture department to coordinate with Belarus Embassy for import of samples.