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US officials see potential for agri-enterprise in Pakistan

HYDERABAD: Mr. Stephen Valen, Cultural Attaché, US Consulate General in his lecture on entrepreneurship in Agriculture realised that Pakistan has a great potential for agriculture, livestock, fisheries and dairy development. The agriculture graduates and agrarian youth of Sindh should focus their priorities for agri-enterprise development.

He highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship in agriculture sector at Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam.

US Consulate General official said that USAID is stimulating the agrarian society especially youth for vibrant and profitable agricultural sector through market linkages, technology, and irrigation; fostering a conducive business enabling environment for sustainable economic development.

In his presentation he quoted the examples of Agri-Business of UC Davis California and said  that in the global economy, Pakistan agricultural sector has good market for export agri-products and entrepreneurship could help solve mega problems.

He believes that new way for innovation through clear vision and building startup eco-system are needed and through agri- entrepreneurship there is a need to explore, connect and develop business in world market for broader partnership.

Dr. Susan Ross, Cultural Attaché, US Consulate General, Karachi in her address highlighted the agri-business management and said that academia exchange about agri-entrepreneurship would develop good practices. It would be helpful for economic opportunities in agri-business sector for socio-economic development of the country.

Prof Dr Mujeebuddin Memon, Vice Chancellor, SAU Tandojam said that Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam appreciated the US Consulate General for sharing knowledge with the faculty and students and attached the hope that SAU and US Consulate will work together for food security, climate change in agriculture development for the country.

The VC urged upon youth and scholars that there is need to encourage competitive farmer in agriculture sector for product enhancement and agri-enterprise development.

He said that SAU has initiated Business Incubation Center, Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization and initiated agri-business courses, which will ultimately be helpful for the promotion of entrepreneurship in agriculture sector of the country.

The VC said that this interaction with a larger group of students, farmers and businessmen will help in generating more business ideas. This exercise will help rural farmers, empowering them to launch their own businesses on agriculture products, as they have capacity to identify seeds, manufacture local fertilizer and protect their crops.

A large number of faculty members and students also attended the event.

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