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Claes: Pakistan, Belgium should collaborate on agriculture

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Belgian Ambassador Peter Claes stressed the need to foster bilateral academic, agricultural and trade ties between Pakistan and Belgium.

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Addressing a meeting at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Ambassador Claes said the two countries should cooperate to deal with water scarcity and hazards of climate change. He said the role of universities could not be overlooked in promoting Pakistan's agrarian economy. Mr. Claes praised the UAF for its services for the agriculture sector, reports The Express Tribune.

"Pakistan's population is nearing 200 million... modern farming techniques such as drip irrigation must be used to deal with water scarcity. Ambassador Claes said the impact of climate change on crops needed to be tackled through progressive research.

Ambassador Claes said Pakistan and Belgium should collaborate to deal with problems of water scarcity, biomass energy and farm production. "The population of Belgium is 11 million... the agriculture share of gross domestic product (GDP) is 3 percent." He added that the agriculture sector had an immense importance across the globe as it provided food security and that agricultural collaborations between the two countries would lead to progress.

University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan said water scarcity was haunting the agriculture sector of the country. He stressed the need to replace flood irrigation with the drip irrigation.

Mr. Khan said collaborations with Belgium would open up new horizons of progress. He said the value chain in Pakistan was a weak area. Belgian cooperation could help change that.

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