Testimonials & Comments

Year 2017

Acting Australian High Commissioner, H.E Jurek Juszczyk: appreciated The DAWN Media Group for this initiative and acknowledged the Government of Punjab’s support for it, in order to drive development of Pakistan’s agriculture sector forward and reiterated the Australian High Commission’s support to this platform. Pointing out the timeliness of this year’s theme Greening the Value Chain, Mr. Juszczyk stated that overwhelming evidence suggests changing climate is shifting cropping patterns, reducing water availability and inducing rural-urban migration in Pakistan. He suggested, “Addressing the dual challenge of sustaining domestic food security while boosting agriculture export revenue in the face of population growth, will require technological advancement, effective use of natural resources and policy development backed by agricultural research”. Acting Australian High Commissioner, H.E Jurek Juszczyk
Mission Director USAID Mr. John Groarke : acknowledged the importance of this platform stating that agriculture is a cornerstone for the economy of both the countries and he felt honoured to represent his country at this expo & conference. He added that this event “is an opportunity to reflect on how far agriculture in Pakistan has advanced over the years and the potential it has to grow its economy into the future. The latest technological innovations and development projects on display are evidence of what is possible when the private sector, international donors, and the Pakistani government work together.” Mr. Groarke was pleased to share that this in turn has created jobs, increased farmer incomes, and improved Pakistan’s food security. Mission Director USAID Mr. John Groarke
Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Jean François Cautain : expressed his pleasure for being a part of this event. He appreciated the theme of the conference Greening the Value Chain, which he felt was pivotal for sustainability of food production and key for the future of humanity. He stressed on the importance of climate change policy and its subsequent action plan by Pakistan to enable the country achieve uninterrupted pattern of growth. Mr. Cautain said that the conventions pertaining to environment focus on the challenge of climate change and “the EU Delegation is constantly in touch with the Government of Pakistan to help it diversify its export base and improve its capacity to implement these conventions so that a productive and growth oriented society emerge which should trade with Europe and the world respecting human rights, labour rights, good governance and green environment”. Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Jean François Cautain
Minister for Agriculture Punjab, Mr. Naeem Akhtar Khan Bhabha: congratulated The DAWN Media Group for providing a platform which not only allows farmers to benefit from the latest developments in the agriculture sector, but also facilitates the public and private sector to share and learn from each other’s experience. Reiterating that agriculture is the backbone of the country’s economy he said that the Government of Punjab has taken meaningful steps and measures towards adjusting agricultural practices to rapidly changing global competitive environment. The Punjab Government is determined to make Punjab the bread basket of Pakistan. He also stressed that it is vital for this sector that the private and public sector partnerships are encouraged. Minister for Agriculture Punjab, Mr. Naeem Akhtar Khan Bhabha


Year 2016

The Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Margaret Adamson: commended The DAWN Media Group on this annual expo and conference by saying that this platform is becoming a premier agricultural event in the country, as well as attracting international stakeholders. Ms. Adamson reiterated the Australian High Commission’s support to this platform, as well as her country’s commitment to developing and promoting agriculture in Pakistan, citing Australia’s long running agriculture assistance program, under which numerous scholarships have been provided in this sector since the 1950s. The Australian High Commissioner, Ms. Margaret Adamson
Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Jean-François Cautain: extolled the importance of this platform for being an annual event calendar for agri events. Mr. Cautain stated that in “Year 2012 we jointly adopted the EU-Pakistan 5-year Engagement Plan, establishing a partnership covering a wide range of areas including political dialogue, security and counter terrorism, trade, migration and development cooperation.” He explained that Agriculture plays a strong role in this partnership, in particular when it comes to trade and development cooperation. Mr. Cautain added that the agriculture sector fulfills many development needs of a country which subsequently leads to economic growth. Ambassador of the European Union, Mr. Jean-François Cautain
Minister for Excise & Taxation Punjab, Mr. Mujtaba Shuja Ur Rehman: stated that “the Punjab government is working very hard to improve the plight of the poor farmers, with full support of the livestock, agriculture and extension departments. Under the visionary guidance of the Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the aim is to make agriculture a major engine of growth.” Minister for Excise & Taxation Punjab, Mr. Mujtaba Shuja Ur Rehman
Secretary Agriculture Punjab, Mr. Muhammad Sheheryar Sultan: thanked The DAWN Media Group for organizing this conference regularly, providing direct access to stakeholders, like the erstwhile audience, to provide their suggestions directly to the policy makers. He stated that the Government of Punjab is making concerted efforts to reach out to all the stakeholders to gather their suggestions and reach consensus on way forward and the steps necessary to achieve development in the agriculture sector. Secretary Agriculture Punjab, Mr. Muhammad Sheheryar Sultan

Year 2015

US Consul General, Mr. Zachary Harkenrider: reiterated his country’s commitment to developing and promoting agriculture in Pakistan. He added that meat, dairy, textile and fruit sectors “hold great promise for providing additional income for small farmers, greater choice for consumers and new job opportunities for workers.”

Mr. Harkenrider also observed that private US firms have started exhibiting at the DAWN Agri Expo and how the expo has attracted international stakeholders. He concluded by saying that this platform is becoming the premier agricultural event in the country.

CM Punjab addressing the Inaugural session of the conference 2012
Executive Director State Bank of Pakistan, Syed Samar Husnain said: “SBP is quite positive that the recent initiatives, fully supported by the Government, multilaterals and donor organizations will greatly help the banks to increase the share of agri financing progressively and significantly”. Mr. Husnain concluded by stating that “I would also encourage farmer communities to share their ideas of increasing the flow of banks’ financing to them”.
Director Marketing Fatima Group, Mr. Muhammad Zahir stated that we should “Focus on the restoration of the health of our soils so our environment is preserved in the longer term. Hence investment must be made in efficient technologies and man power training to minimize depletion of our natural resources to ensure food security of our growing population.”
The Chief Guest, Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, nominated Dr. Farrukh Javed, Agriculture Minister for Punjab, to speak on his behalf at the Conference. In his address, the Agriculture Minister said, “Our government is putting more emphasis to ensure food security through the increase of yield and its accessibility to the common person and sustainability. The Punjab government is working very hard to improve the plight of the poor farmers, with full support of the livestock, agriculture and extension departments. Under the visionary guidance of the Chief Minister Punjab, Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the aim is to make agriculture a major engine of growth.”

Year 2014

Chief Minister Punjab H.E. Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif: “Agriculture is the backbone of national economy and Punjab Government is taking solid measures for progress and development of agricultural sector in the interest of prosperity of farmers and stability of agri economy. Such exhibitions are a positive step towards value addition in agri products.”
Agriculture Minister Punjab Dr. Farrukh Javed: “It is indeed a privilege and honour to be here as Agriculture Minister, for this meaningful, long thinking, informative session. For this I must congratulate and pay my thanks to the DAWN Media Group”. =Punjab Agriculture Minister speaking at the Inaugural Session of the conference 2014
Balochistan Food Minister Mir Izhar Khan Khosa: “Such events are of special significance to our government where our policy makers learn a lot and experiment back home. I have met a lot of farmers’ organizations and would take them to Balochistan to see the problems themselves and offer solutions”. =Balochistan Food Minister at the expo 2014
CEO Fatima Group Mr. Fawad Ahmed Mukhtar: “Farm productivity of per unit cultivated land in Pakistan is among the lowest in the world. Use of outdated farming technologies, absence of cohesive research and international collaborations, lack of profitable route to market, inefficient water management, use of inferior quality seeds and inadequate and unbalanced fertilizer usage were major factors of low yield”. =CEO Fatima Group addressing the Inaugural Session of the conference 2014
Australian High Commissioner H.E. Peter Heyward: “I would like to congratulate DAWN for their commitment in putting up this event for the third year now. For a successful agriculture sector which can not only supply the national population for its nutritional and other needs but also to create valuable export revenue. It’s important that the producers are continuously looking for ways to improve productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. This expo and the conference respond to that need”. =Australian High Commissioner speaking at the Inaugural Session of the conference 2014 HE Peter Heyward
Ambassador of the Netherlands H.E. Marcel De Vink: “It’s very good to be here. I feel very much at home at this agri expo & conference. Maybe this is not something you would expect from a small country like the Netherlands but let me share with you that Netherlands has become very successful in becoming a large agricultural producer and we have now become the 2nd largest exporter of agricultural products in the world.” =Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands speaking at the Inaugural session of the conference 2014

Year 2013

Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood: “Coming from a farmer family I know the importance of the agriculture sector. God has given huge potential to this country and it is for us to exploit it and improve the lot of people.” Governor Punjab addressing the Inaugural Session of the conference 2013
US Ambassador H.E. Richard Olson: “The Challenge for Pakistan’s long term sustainable agricultural development ultimately depends on private sector initiatives to take these programmes and transfer them into viable commercial enterprises.” US Ambassador addressing the Inaugural Session of the conference 2013
Director Marketing Fatima Group Mr. Muhammad Zahir: “As you are all aware that there are host of issues that we confront in this sector and that is why my discussion today is about Pakistan’s Agriculture at crossroads.” “We need to tackle these issues effectively by defining short term, medium term and long term goals to ensure that we harness all that we inherited in terms of agriculture”. =Director Marketing Fatima Group speaking at the Inaugural Session of the conference 2013

Year 2012

Chief Minister Punjab H.E. Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif: “No policy maker can ignore this sector, given its importance in the national scheme of things” “The Punjab Government would look forward to the recommendations of this conference to set its future agenda and priorities.” CM Punjab addressing the Inaugural session of the conference 2012
US Charge D’Affairs Ambassador H.E. Richard Hoagland: “This event will provide farmers, dairy and livestock production, food processors, agricultural university students, agricultural business people and consumers to talk, exchange ideas and learn more about new farming methods.” US Charge DAffairs Ambassador & US Consul General Lahore being welcomed by SGMO & AGM of The DAWN Media Group at the expo & conference 2012