KARACHI: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) director for the Office of Sindh and Balochistan Andrew Rebold and Sindh Secretary for Agriculture Parvez Ahmed Seehar participated in a closing ceremony of the US government-funded Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity (PATTA), a statement said.
“The US commitment to Pakistan’s economy, demonstrated through the sharing of state-of-the-art agriculture technology, raises profits for farmers, while increasing Pakistani access to the global markets,” Andrew Rebold said.
Through US government support, modern farming technology is now available to more than 150,000 farmers in the agriculture, dairy, and livestock sectors throughout 43 districts of Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan.
The capstone event, attended by agribusiness partners, farmers, public and private sector representatives, and academia, marked the culmination of a significant project under the longstanding US partnership with Pakistan.
“PATTA also improves the income and productivity of Pakistan’s women farmers through modern technology.”
The four-year programme increased agricultural yield through modern technologies designed to increase sales, manufacturing capacity, efficiency, and market linkages.
Through programmes such as PATTA, the United States and Pakistan have worked together for nearly 75 years on the issues that are important to both nations, including energy, economic growth, peace and inclusion, education, and health.