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Pakistan, France agree to explore trade in agriculture.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan and France Thursday agreed to explore possibilities for collaboration and strengthen bilateral trade in agriculture sector.

The issue of bilateral trade relations came up to discussion during the meeting of Ambassador of France for Pakistan, Philippe Thiebaud with Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFSR), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan.

Among others, Seerat Asghar Secretary NFSR and other high officials of the ministry were also present on the occasion.

It was realized in the meeting that both the countries possess huge potential for expanding bilateral trade in multiple areas of agriculture particularly in dairy and livestock sectors.

The Federal Minster appreciated the technical support of France to agricultural scientists and farmers in Pakistan.

On the issue of ban on import of live cattle from France, the federal minister informed that in the wake of 18th amendment federal government cannot take a unilateral decision without consulting provincial governments.

Earlier, Philippe Thiebaud raised the issue of ban on import of live cattle from France and requested for revisiting the decision.

It may be mentioned here that as per SRO (1)/2001 dated 28th June, 2001, Ministry of Commerce imposed ban on import of live animals, meat, tallow and feed ingredients from BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) or Mad Cow infected countries such as UK, Ireland, Canada, France, USA etc.

Pakistan has been historically free from BSE and Pakistan has adopted zero tolerance policy in this regard and banned import of cattle from BSE infected declared countries.

Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) recently revised the policy and allowed import of live cattle from countries which have been declared as having 'Negligible BSE risk' by World Organization for Animal Health, (OIE) subject to condition that animals from such/those herds shall be allowed for import where no incidence of BSE has been reported for the last eleven years and this fact shall be certified by the concerned Veterinary Authority of the exporting country.

On the other hand, France falls under 'Controlled BSE risk' country as per classification by OIE and therefore ban on import of live cattle from France persisted.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 25, 2014
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