Tokyo: A delegation of Hunza farmers in Japan on a JICA funded training project, visited the Embassy. Mr. Farman Karim, Agriculture Officer from Gilgit-Baltistan gave a presentation about their training activities in Japan. The JICA Project is for the promotion of value-added fruit products in Gilgit-Baltistan. The farmers were imparted latest techniques in cultivation of apples, apricots and other fruits. Focus of the training was to learn the latest procedures in cultivation, grading, processing and marketing of the fruit products to increase the fruit shelf-life, taste and texture. Expressing satisfaction over their training process, the farmers said that the training was a new, beneficial and vital experience for them, what they have learnt would apply in their agriculture farms to enhance the quality and quantity of their products.
On this occasion Ambassador Farukh Amil welcomed the delegation for visiting the Embassy. He also expressed deep appreciation for JICA and the Government of Japan for the training programme. He also underlined the need for more cooperation in the field of agriculture and exchange of farmers. Officials and consultants from JICA were also present on this occasion.