LDFA Expo from May 30

KARACHI: Director General Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) Mohammad Riazuddin said that under the vision and guidance of Dr Asif A Borhi, Chairman Sindh Board of Investment, SBI is going to organize the 5th edition of Livestock Dairy Fisheries Agriculture (LDFA) Exhibition from 30 to 31 May 2015 in Expo Center, in collaboration with Agriculture and Livestock Department, Government of Sindh.

This, he announced, while holding a press briefing at SBI office on Tuesday.

He said LDFA 2015 is more focused to target corporate sector, technological solutions, growers/farmers, investors, diplomatic missions, ambassadors etc. He said they are assured that their efforts will make LDFA 2015 a memorable and commendable success.

Raizuddin, while informing about the sector, he said we all are aware that that a large proportion of Pakistan’s and Sindh’s economy is directly and indirectly linked to agriculture sector. It provides 45% of employment to our labor force and contributes 21% in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, more recently as per the economic survey of Pakistan 2013-14.

He reiterated that the Sindh government will promote and boost investment in agriculture and livestock sectors, the backbone of Sindh agriculture-based economy.

He said Sindh produces a variety of field and horticultural crops, including wheat, rice, sugarcane, and cotton; approximately 68% of the total cropped area is used for their production. He said

Briefing about the crop production, he said total output in Pakistan and Sindh produces 35% of the rice, 28% of sugarcane, 12% of wheat, and 20% of the cotton, however, major horticulture crops are mangoes, bananas and chilies of the total output.

He said Sindh produces 88% of chilies, 73% of bananas, and 34% of the mangoes, and it is also cultivable land under usage for fodder, pulses, condiments, oilseeds, fruits and vegetables. On the other side rice is the leading kharif crop. It offers an important source of employment and income in rural areas.

Riazuddin said Sindh government is committed to promote dairy sector not only for food security but also to improve value addition and value chain.

Keeping in view the agriculture, livestock, dairy potential of Sindh, he said LDFA is a platform and an event to position Sindh as an economically viable province by identifying the areas/locations for investment in LDFA sectors.

He said this year LDFA is expected to attract a lot of participants and visitors including diplomats, foreign and domestic businessmen and investors, banking and investment professionals, representatives of federal and provincial government ministries and departments.