Islamabad, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Mr. Noor Ahmed and Australian High Commissioner Ms. Margaret Adamson signed Memorandum of Subsidiary Arrangement for Developing Competitive and Inclusive Value Chain of Pulses in Pakistan to support development of socially inclusive and competitive value chains of chickpeas, lentils and mung beans in Punjab and Sindh, with spill-over effects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will be implemented over a period of three years till June 2021.
From Australian side, University of Tasmania while from Pakistani side, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, University of Agricultural, Faisalabad, COMSATS Institute of Technology and Sindh Agriculture University of Pakistan will be the implementing agencies.
Contributions from the Government of Australia will be A$ 478,825 and Pakistan will contribute in kind at an estimated value of A$ 158,171.
Pulses industry infrastructure in Pakistan remains underdeveloped. Pakistani Government has recently proposed greater investment in pulses related research and extension, along with new pulses production projects.
The project will identify and analyze barriers, opportunities and options for developing inclusive competitive pulses value chain, strengthen capacities of pulses industry stakeholders.Improvement of pulses value chain will support Pakistan Government’s agriculture development vision and policies and complement ongoing pulses projects in Pakistan.