FAO inaugurates fruit and vegetable, livestock markets in Bara

Musarrat Ullah Jan

PESHAWAR: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has inaugurated fruit and vegetable and livestock markets in Bara area of district Khyber with the financial support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Deputy Commissioner, Khyber Mahmood Aslam, representatives of local administration and FAO officials participated in the launching ceremony held on Friday, whereas Julie Koenen, Mission Director, USAID Pakistan and Mina Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan attended the function online.

According to the officials, this development is a part of restoration and establishment of new market infrastructure and enterprise development services under which 13 cluster-based packing sheds, five fruit and vegetable auction sheds and three livestock markets will be established in the districts of Khyber, North Waziristan and South Waziristan, whereas specifically in district Khyber, the project has successfully completed three market structures, including one livestock market, one fruit and vegetable packing shed and one fruit and vegetable auction shed.

“The vegetable and fruit enterprise establishment will not only support the value chain development and improve agriculture practices in the merged districts, but will also provide a viable environment for vegetable and livestock management creating market linkages for farmers amid the Corona pandemic,” the officials stated.

Mahmood Aslam, Deputy Commissioner, Khyber while appreciating the efforts of FAO and USAID said that there was more scope for supporting and developing agriculture and livestock sectors in the remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, adding that he would fully support every step or development in this regard.

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