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US plans to expand agri trade and provide cotton seed technology to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador in Pakistan Donald Blome on Wednesday said the United States trade was  considering allowing Pakistan access to the US beef market and introducing high-yield cotton seed technology.

The ambassador said in a meeting with Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema here and discussed matters of mutual interest, said a press release.

The minister welcomed the ambassador and appreciated the cordial relations between the two countries.

Cheema said Pakistan was facing challenges due to recent floods and rains. “Our priority is to recover as much agricultural land as possible and help the displaced people to resettle back to their homes”.

Donald Blome said the people of the United State stand with Pakistan and the US government was increasing the flood assistance package for Pakistan.

US Ambassador said apart from the assistance he looks forward to expand agriculture trade with PAkistan and build stronger relations. The ambassador also expressed his interest to work with Pakistan in the agriculture sector.

The minister welcomed the initiative and said that in the recent floods cotton and dates were the most affected crop.

Donald Blome said the US has a substantial commitment to address climate change through resilience and mitigation measures. “Pakistan is among the top 10 countries affected by climate change,” he said.

He showed interest to work with Pakistan’s government to address future challenges.