‘Govt focusing on diversification of export products’

Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood has said that the incumbent government is focusing on diversification of export products through policy intervention.

During a meeting with a delegation of honey producers and exporters in the federal capital on Friday, Dawood said in order to explore the untapped honey potential of the country, the government is mulling to acquaint the stakeholders and business community in the honey producing regions like Abbottabad with the modern production techniques so as to ensure entrepreneurial growth and cluster development.

“For this, we need to train our stakeholders so that they can comply with required standards and SPS requirements of high-end markets, which will increase our honey export manifold,” the advisor said.

Dawood stated that the Ministry of Commerce would constitute a product (honey) specific working group comprising all stakeholders, including honey producers, exporters, marketing experts and researchers, to devise a strategy to overcome bottlenecks and to develop production & marketing techniques that will help boost the country’s honey export.

“The ministry will also provide technical and financial assistance to honey exporters in local and international markets in order to target high-end markets like EU,” he maintained. “It will help develop linkages with the local business community, beekeepers and other stakeholders in evaluating the trade potential of this viable sector.”

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