A four-member Pakistani business delegation, led by Mr. Zafar Yab Anjum, Director of Sales and Marketing at KNZ Enterprise Ghana Limited, has called on the Ghanaian government to promote agriculture through the adoption of modern machinery.
The delegation emphasized that this move would support the government's agricultural flagship policies, increase production, and allow farmers to achieve higher yields through mechanization.
The delegation shared their views during an interview with the Ghana News Agency after meeting with Pakistan's High Commissioner to Ghana, Farhat Ayesha. The purpose of the meeting was to welcome Ambassador Ayesha and formally inform her about the establishment of KNZ Enterprise Ghana Limited.
The delegation includes Muhammad Yasir, Rehmatullah Kashif, the Director, and Mr. Ali Nuhu Abeka, the Chief Executive Officer, who is the sole Ghanaian member.
KNZ Enterprise Ghana Limited specializes in the competitive sale of various modern agricultural machinery.
Mr. Anjum urged the Ghanaian government and local businesses to explore economic opportunities in Pakistan and enhance mutual cooperation in trade and business.
He highlighted Pakistan's expertise in agriculture, particularly in areas like irrigation, mechanization, and crop management, and suggested that Ghana could benefit from adopting these technologies to boost its agricultural sector.
The delegation stressed that sharing knowledge, expertise, and best practices between the two countries could lead to improved agricultural techniques, crop varieties, and pest management strategies.
Collaborative research projects were also mentioned as a means to develop crop varieties suitable for both countries' local conditions.
Mr. Anjum appealed to the government to reduce taxes on agricultural machinery to stimulate purchases and increase productivity. He also emphasized the importance of processing agricultural products to add value before export.
Ambassador Ayesha highlighted the strong business relationship between Pakistan and Ghana, with significant potential for trade in light machinery, surgical instruments, sports goods, and textiles.
She praised the presence of the Pakistan High Commission in Ghana as a testament to the warm relationship between the two countries, which dates back to 1958.
Ambassador Ayesha expressed her satisfaction with the establishment and operation of KNZ Enterprises in Ghana, noting its potential contribution to food security in the country. She also mentioned scholarship programs for Ghanaian students in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, particularly those at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Mr. Abeka, who received part of his education in Pakistan, praised the country's hospitality and economic opportunities. He stressed the need for Ghana to transition from manual farming to modern mechanization to improve productivity.
He also encouraged agricultural institutions to embrace mechanization to achieve their goals.
Mr. Abeka expressed optimism about the business climate in Ghana and the potential for a fruitful partnership with Pakistani partners in the foreseeable future.
Reporting by Francis Kwabena Cofie. Editing by Mariam Aminu.