REAP chairman lauds govt for betterment of export 

Lahore: A high profile delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) led by Ali Hussam Asghar, Chairman REAP had a meeting with Mr. Imran Ismail Honourable Governor Sindh yesterday at Sindh Governor House Karachi.

REAP delegation was comprised of Muhammad Anwar Mianoor, Senior Vice Chairman REAP, MC Members Dr. Muhammad Hafeez, Ch. Zulfiqar Ali, Jahanzeb Jawed, Inam ul Haq, Asif Ali Shaikh, Former Chairman REAP Rafique Suleman as well as Haris Ateeq, Vice President Lahore Chamber of Commerce was also present during this meeting.

Ali Hussam Asghar Chairman REAP appreciated the support of existing government for the betterment of export trade of Pakistan.
He said that our aim is “grow more export more”, we cannot increase our exports until and unless we grow more rice and increase our rice crop. He added that REAP would like to meet H.E. Prime Minister of Pakistan to apprise him all the challenges being faced by rice export sector and seek early resolution of these issues on priority basis.

Muhammad Anwar Mianoor, SVC REAP apprised Governor Sindh about challenges being faced by rice export sector.  He said that exorbitant increase in Freight charges and Container availability remains a big problem. If ministry can stop shipping lines from taking away empty containers or put a percentage on the empties they can take. This will facilitate containers availability for export purpose.

He said that MINCOM has already approved REAP’s proposal for Phytotron Tunnel projects in Sindh and Punjab for seed development / fastest trials of new rice seeds. REAP team also had meetings with Chief Secretary Sindh & Secretary Agriculture Sindh. He requested Governor Sindh to coordinate with Sindh Government and expedite the matter on fast track basis.

Imran Ismail, Governor Sindh welcome REAP delegation and said that he and his Office will always ready to facilitate rice export sector. He advised REAP Team to give him brief on the issues and then he will take up the matters with Sindh Government on priority basis to make it possible to complete the projects ASAP for increase of rice crop. He further assured his full support to arrange a meeting of REAP delegation with H.E. Prime Minister of Pakistan at an early date.

In the end, Ali Hussam Asghar & Anwar Mianoor presented REAP’s Shield to Hon Governor Sindh, whereas a Shield was also presented to REAP Delegation by Governor Sindh.