The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) have proposed Federal government to set up a rice development board, which would be a single platform where all the issues of rice industry would be address.
FPCCI Senior Vice President Abdul Rahim Janoo, has written a letter to Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan and Federal Minister of Food Security and Research Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan citing the importance of such kind of development board for rice industry. In a letter, he said that this will promote different rice varieties, especially the unique basmati rice as well as regular paddy.
According to Janoo, the development of this kind of development board in country would have a positive effect on the country’s rice export. Pakistan rice export has become constant at $2 billion per annum mainly because of absence of research and development work on new varieties that yield more at lower costs and are acceptable in the global market. While the competitors have a good export volume due to market-oriented and demand-driven research in consultation with all stakeholders.