Islamabad, 27 December 2022 (TDI): The Republic of Uzbekistan’s Ministry of National Food Security and Research and the Agency of Plant Protection and Quarantine have agreed to expand their cooperation in the field of plant quarantine.

A ceremony took place at the Ministry in this regard. While representing the Uzbek side, Ibrohim Ergashev, the Director General Agency of Plant Protection and Quarantine of the Republic of Uzbekistan represented.

He consented to enhance mechanisms of pest control initiatives between the two countries. National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs) from both countries will also share the experience through seminars and training.

In this vein, they will also increase coordination on bilateral export consignments. The measures will aid in pest control and pest-related hazards and damages.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research will collaborate with the Republic of Uzbekistan’s Agency of Plant Protection and Quarantine.

The two will create an enabling environment for increasing the volume of plant and plant product trade between the two countries.

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Additionally, during the ceremony, parties expressed gratitude to Pakistan for granting market access to Uzbek pomegranate, plum, persimmon, fig, and grapes, and Uzbekistan for granting market access to Pakistani mango and onion.

Furthermore, Pakistani experts will visit Uzbekistan to inspect the phytosanitary system, production sites, processing establishments, and packing houses on the spot.

Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Tariq Bashir Cheema, Secretary of National Food Security & Research Zafar Hassan, & Director Technical Quarantine Department of Plant Protection Muhammad Shahzad Sohail also attended the ceremony.