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As Pakistan is expecting a bumper wheat crop this year, exceeding set targets Egypt has shown interest in importing 4.5 million tonnes of wheat. A three-member delegation headed by Dr Youssef Daoudi, Egypt’s Under Secretary of State for Plant Quarantine, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, was sent to study wheat standards in Pakistan.

The delegation was taken to National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), where they visited Cereal Diseases Institute, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Laboratories, Food Technology Laboratory and Wheat programme. The delegation was extremely impressed by the standards of wheat production and storage in Pakistan and acknowledged that its wheat is one of the best in the world.’

‘Pakistan has always maintained high standards in wheat production,’ said an agriculturalist who has been tilling the land for years. ‘We not only have a sound quality control system but also world-class equipment,’ he explained.

Dr. Badraddin Soomro, PARC (Pakistan Agricultural Research Corporation) told the press after the deelgation’s visit that this was a good time to increase wheat exports as the country was expecting a boost in production by the end of the year. He emphasized that the delegation from Egypt was ‘extremely satisfied’ and that the two countries are planning to further cement their ties through commerce.