STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh government and management of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) have agreed to initiate joint efforts for the promotion of rice cultivation, enhance capacity building of rice growers and increase the volume of rice export for their bilateral benefits.

Under this initiative, the Sindh formed-committee has been assigned to work out a schedule, starting from educating the rice growers through seminars, literature and mechanical exhibitions for their capacity building to increase per acre production, avoid harvesting losses and introduce new qualitative varieties to be sown at the time when water is available in rice canal.

Farmers, millers and exporters are the main organs for increasing the volume of rice export and earn foreign exchange and to create more demand of rice production, which ultimately will be more beneficial for the growers.

The chief minister said that though export was a federal subject but he will talk to the ministries concerned of the federal government to get the rice exporters of Sindh facilitated accordingly. However, Qaim Ali Shah directed the members of REAP also to attend the interests of the rice growers while determining the price of rice.

REAP Chairman Rafiq Suleman said that they intend to enhance the volume of export with government facilities, create awareness among the growers and enhance their skills encouraging and enabling them to meet future demands of rice production.

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