Pakistan-GCC agricultural collaboration
Pakistan had been a food basket
for GCC countries, predominantly for UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan is the nearest destination
for gulf countries for edible export and lite ferries’ cargo reaches UAE from
Karachi in just 30 to 35 hours. Wheat and rice are also major demands of the
Gulf market and a report of the United States Department of Agriculture and
Global Agriculture Information Networking released in December 2022, stated
that Pakistani exporters-maintained sales of 500,000 tons of rice to GCC
states, but that wheat export was relatively insignificant.
There is no doubt that Pakistan
has a comparative advantage in several agricultural commodities.
Conversely, the situation will
altogether change when GCC investors arrive in Pakistan for producing edibles
through agriculture and livestock farming facilitation and processing and
packaging of foods with international standards. This will not only help Gulf
companies ensure their food Security but will also provide opportunities for
global export from Pakistan because the majority of GCC states have been
looking toward Ukraine as their backyard food-producing garden.
It has planned to expand its
agricultural lands to 3,400 acres by 2025.
Source: Arab News