13 Jun

D-8 countries stress olive and saffron cultivation

By Javed Afridi

Delegates from the D-8 countries have highlighted the importance of olive and saffron cultivation in potential areas, saying that necessary resources required for research and development activities should be provided to stakeholders.

The delegates said this at a two-day seminar on ‘Olive and Saffron Cultivation in D-8 Countries’, organised by the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), the Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a local hotel on Tuesday. Delegates from Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria, Indonesia, Turkey and Egypt were also present. On the final day of the seminar, scholars presented their research papers after which the participants were divided into two groups to workout recommendations for the promotion of cultivation of olive and saffron in potential countries.

They recommended that there was a need to exchange scientific and technical information and expertise for production, processing and marketing of olive and saffron, adding that it was necessary for the member countries to exchange data and literature on the identification of insects/pests and diseases and their integrated management. The participants said that main producer countries of olive and saffron should arrange programmes to exchange visits and staff trainings.

The participants recommended that D-8 secretariat should be strengthened and made responsible for collaboration and interaction among the countries. The main procedures should provide the proto-type of such processing machines to interested member countries, they added. Ismail Qureshi, the federal secretary for Food, Agriculture and Livestock, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that the seminar was aimed at promoting links and coordination among the D-8 countries with regard to olive and saffron cultivation.

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