Saturday, September 19, 2020

Alvi stresses product diversification


Alvi stresses product diversification

Says Pakistan will gain access to good export market after peace in Afghanistan

Our CorrespondentSeptember 19, 2020


Pakistan is making all-out efforts for peace in Afghanistan keeping in view that this will benefit Islamabad in a huge way, said President Dr Arif Alvi.

Addressing the business community at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday, Alvi said following restoration of peace in the neighbouring country, Pakistan would not only find a good export market but would also gain access to other regional countries.

"Diversification and value addition in products are a must for ramping up exports and exploring the untapped global markets, particularly in the African region," he said.

Alvi called for utilising information technology and artificial intelligence in the agriculture and other sectors to step up efficiency and enhance earnings.

"Unlike in the past, modern technologies have made it easier for businessmen to assess requirements of targeted markets in a bid to design the supply chain accordingly," he said.

"Currently, exports of Pakistan revolve around cotton, wheat, rice and sugar, which necessitates diversification of products and investment in modern fields like information technology."

He told businessmen that until 2010, top 10 global companies were associated with the oil sector but currently they were replaced by IT firms, which manifested the huge scope of the sector.

The president advised agriculturalists to think out of the box and consider producing beetroot in place of sugarcane, which placed burden on water resources.

He pointed out that flood irrigation of crops caused massive wastage of rainwater, which should be avoided and the natural resource should be preserved by adopting modern technology.

"Under the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami programme, the government has planted olive trees on a massive scale to meet the country's needs as well as to widen export opportunities," he said.

The president told businessmen to adhere to principles of morality, honesty and sincerity in trade across the globe, which would ultimately pay back in the long term.

As an initiative to promote Pakistan's fruits abroad, the President House dispatched mango packages to different heads of state along with descriptive pamphlets, he pointed out.

Alvi urged the business community to support industry workers and create job opportunities for women and differently abled people.

He emphasised that Pakistan had successfully sailed through the Covid-19 pandemic and extended support to the needy under the Ehsaas programme.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 19th, 2020.

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Pakistan risks Basmati export as India applies GI tag in EU


Pakistan risks Basmati export as India applies GI tag in EU

Leading Pakistani rice exporters have called on the government to immediately oppose the Indian application

Pakistan risks Basmati export as India applies GI tag in EU

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Islamabad, September 19

Pakistan is facing another potential threat of major damage to its exports as India has applied for an exclusive Geographical Indications (GI) tag to Basmati rice in the European Union (EU).

Pakistan on the other hand is still yet to implement the GI law promulgated in March.

Despite the fact that Pakistan produces a wide range of Basmati rice in the country and benefits from its export to the EU and other parts of the globe, New Delhi has said that it is an Indian-origin product in its application, published on EU's official journal on September 11.

As per the Indian application, Basmati is special long grain aromatic rice grown and produced in a particular geographical region of the Indian sub-continent.

It added that this region is a part of northern India, below the foothills of the Himalayas forming part of the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP).

“The special characteristic of Basmati is grown and produced in all districts of the state of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand as well as in specific districts of western Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir,” the Indian application maintained.

Leading Pakistani rice exporters have called on the government to immediately oppose the Indian application.

“Indian application at EU must be opposed immediately as it would badly damage Pakistani exports to European countries,” said Taufiq Ahmed, a leading exporter and bearer of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP).

“Despite repeated requests and reminders, concerned authorities in Pakistan have been ignoring this serious issue for years and now if the problem is not handled swiftly then we would be left with no option but to sell Basmati rice with an Indian name or brand,” he added.

Ahmed said that Pakistan must come in immediate consultation with international dictionaries to rectify the definition as the same rice is largely produced in the country.

“Apart from opposing the GI tag from the EU, Pakistan must also consult international dictionaries to rectify the definition. Unfortunately, India is also regarding Himalayan salt and Multani Mitti with Indian names in the international market,” he said.

The official sources from the Federal Ministry of Commerce said that the Indian application in the EU will definitely be opposed.

They added that since the GI law has been promulgated, Islamabad would take up the issue of all GI products of Pakistani origin with the EU.

“Basmati was already recognized as a product of both India and Pakistan in the European Rice Regime and its Duty-Free Regime, making it illegal for India to claim exclusive rights of Basmati in the EU,” said an official from the Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO), an attached department of the Ministry of Commerce.

“The Cambridge dictionary and Wikipedia also show the product as originating from Pakistan and India,” he added.

Pakistan enacted the Geographical Indications (Registration and Protection) Act in March this year, which gives it the right to oppose Indian application for registration of Basmati rice exclusive rights.

As per the EU’s official journal, any country can oppose the application for registration of a name pursuant to Article 50(2) (a) of Regulations (EU) No 1151/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs within three months from the date of publication. IANS


Govt urged to apply for GI tag with EU


Govt urged to apply for GI tag with EU

Traders say Pakistan will not be able to sell rice under basmati brand if India gets it

Usman HanifSeptember 19, 2020


Businessmen have urged the government to apply for geographical indication (GI) tag with the European Union for Pakistani basmati rice immediately citing that India has applied for the same.

They voiced fear that once the neighbouring country receives it, Pakistani exporters would not be allowed to sell the aromatic rice under the brand name of basmati.

India has applied for GI tag in European Union for basmati rice, confirmed a report in the EU official journal.

EU publishes the information on its website so that if a country intends to oppose the application, it can submit request within a specific time.

After a delay of almost two decades, Pakistan recently enacted the geographical indication (GI) law for registration and protection of brands, which is still awaiting implementation.

India claimed in the application that long grain basmati rice is grown and produced in districts of the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and a few districts of Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

However, the neighbouring country did not mention that the same rice is also grown in parts of Pakistan.

If India receives the GI tag, it would trigger a disastrous situation for Pakistani businessmen who would not be able to sell the same rice under the name of basmati.

"Pakistan exports 500,000 to 700,000 tonnes of basmati rice to various countries," said Cereal Association of Pakistan Chairman Muzammil Chappal. "Out of that, 200,000 to 250,000 tonnes is shipped to European countries."

Although the European Union gives Pakistan preference over India but still the country is unable to make the most out of it.

He added that around two to three years ago, the European countries slapped a ban on Indian basmati rice after the pesticide residue level on it was found to be way more than the allowed threshold.

Due to the high quality of Pakistani rice, the country often receives premium price in European markets, he said.

The European Union is a massive destination for local rice exporters and if India succeeds in receiving the GI tag, it would trigger huge trouble for local exporters, he said.

"It is a crucial issue for Pakistan but the government is still inactive," said Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (Unisame) President Zulfikar Thaver.

"We urge Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood to take immediate notice of India's move and motivate the country to apply for GI tag without loss of any more time," said Thaver.

Describing the procedure, he said the adviser and Commerce Secretary Muhammad Sauleh Faruqui need to push the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) to expedite the application for the basmati tag with EU.

"The EU market has vast opportunities and the basmati rice exporters cannot afford to lose it," he said. "Pakistani basmati rice is superior to Indian basmati."

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