KARACHI: Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Vice President Fehmida Jamali has urged the government to extend financial and technical support towards efforts aimed at controlling increasing post-harvest losses of major crops, especially for horticulture sector.
Talking with delegation of chambers, she said in a hungry and increasingly competitive world, reducing post harvest food losses is a major agricultural goal. She said: “Its time federal government must focus to bring down wastage & losses in horticulture sector by stepping up food processing in the country, especially in Baluchistan . I believe half of Pakistan food wastage is equal to the total food consumption of the UK. Pakistan food processing industry has the potential to uplift the farmers, bring down inflation, turn into a hub for skill training, and earn revenue.
Fehmida said: “Ministry of National Food & Security must also ensure that in the coming years, the wastage is turned into processed food so that the farmer s could get a better price and he does not have to throw away his yield. I believe the processing industry is being like a catalyst,” she added.
There is a need to process food when it is surplus and supply it back to the market at a reasonable price. This will ensure there is no inflation in perishable products such as onion and in tomatoes. She noted country food processing sector can also act as a hub for skill training where even illiterate people can be trained, creating a huge employment opportunity, as investments made to save food.
In this regard a well coordinated R&D program on produce handling and marketing at national level is also direly required.
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