PR No. 160
Trust of the global community, in terms of plant protection, has significantly increased on Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD: November 21, 2023

Caretaker Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik visited Karachi Port Trust and chaired a meeting at the Department of Plant Protection (DPP) Karachi on 21st October. While chairing the meeting at DPP, he said, "Department of Plant Protection is playing an important role in the economy of the country by properly regulating imports and exports of agri goods. Moreover, DPP is shielding the plantation of the country through its quarantine facility so that no harmful insect or pest enters the country". The minister showed satisfaction over the digitization process which has enabled 100% efficiency of the quarantine facility for agri imports and exports. During the meeting, he also mentioned that DPP has reached an agreement with the government regarding single window operations which will reduce further barriers in the whole process and would benefit trade in the country significantly. Due to the effective and efficient role of DPP, he mentioned that the confidence of the global community has increased in Pakistan and our clearance certificates are accepted in more than 130 countries. Regarding revenue generation, he assured that he will take up the case with the finance ministry for diverting some of the revenue generated by the Department for capacity building of the department. The minister was apprised of the infrastructure and administrative issues, to which he assured every possible assistance.