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Pakistan and Italy to partner on advanced horticultural development

Pakistan's development of modern farming practices like controlled environment agriculture got another impulse now that a special trade delegation participated in the recent EIMA exhibition in Bologna last month.

A group consisting of Pakistani businessmen active in the field of greenhouse production, agriculture and technology supplies attended the International Agriculture and Gardening Machinery Exhibition which was held in Bologna from November 9 - 13.

Among them was Naeem Ullah of Qazi Agri Farms, a Pakistani entrepreneur who was one of the first to introduce advanced tunnel farming to his country. Qazi learned the tricks of the trade during special training courses in The Netherlands and was backed with funding provided by the USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, to sprout the development of protected cropping in his country.

Click here to learn more on Qazi's greenhouse venture.

The Pakistan delegation was initiated by the Italian Trade Association of Pakistan, which provided the opportunity for the Pakistani growers and importers to visit the exhibition and set up trade relations.

Qazi explained that visit to the EIMA will contribute to development of the agricultural community in Pakistan. It will help them to adapt modern machinery and equipment according to European standards. The Pakistani greenhouse growers spoke of several successful and progressive B2B meetings and discussed several new business ventures.

The Eima is held biannually and showcases roughly 1,900 exhibitors and more than 50,000 demonstration models. The previous edition of the event welcomed a total of 235,614 visitors. For more information, please visit