US Embassy Economic Counselor Joel Robert Garverick will lead a delegation of Pakistani officials, businessmen, farmers and agriculture experts to Atlanta, Georgia, to promote US-Pakistan bilateral commercial ties and increase trade and investment in agriculture.
According to a press release, the delegation will remain in US until February 4 and will attend the 2017 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), the United States’ largest annual trade show for the poultry, meat and feed industries, building on the theme, “Innovation in agriculture”.
Following the expo, the group will meet with US agribusiness executives and researchers, including experts at the Georgia Tech Agriculture Technology Research Group and Innovation Lab, to explore innovations that could benefit Pakistan, expand bilateral trade, and create investment opportunities for the US companies.
The group will also visit a peach farm in Georgia, and conduct meetings with Georgia Farm Bureau, Cotton Commission, State Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Research Service.
Representatives from across Pakistan will take part in the mission. Agriculture is Pakistan’s leading industry, accounting for more than twenty percent of GDP and two-fifths of employment.
Major products include cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, fruits, vegetables, dairy, beef, mutton, poultry and eggs.
The United States is Pakistan’s largest trading partner, exporting $447 million in agricultural goods to Pakistan in 2015. These imports help support Pakistani agricultural exports, which were $ 3.7 billion in fiscal year 15/16 (July-June).
APP. US Embassy to lead Pakistani delegation to Atlanta to promote agriculture. Daily Times, January 29, 2017.