Pakistan’s agriculture sector: a magnet for foreign investment

Pakistan’s agricultural landscape is emerging as a promising arena for both local and foreign investors. Despite the downturn in per capita income triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating floods of 2022, Pakistan’s agriculture sector shines with potential. This resilience is significant in the context of global economic struggles, including currency depreciation in countries like Japan, China, and Egypt.

The sector’s promise is anchored in Pakistan’s large population, a vast irrigation network, and its prestigious global rankings in the production of wheat, rice, milk, mangoes, cotton, sugarcane, and other key crops. A recent surge in agricultural exports to China by 73% in October, notably in rice and sesame seeds, underscores this potential.

Farrukh Amin, CEO of Unity Foods Limited, a leading agro-products company and the Principal Sponsor of the 7th Edition of The Future Summit, shed light on these opportunities. The summit, themed “The Big Picture,” was a two-day event that gathered experts and leaders to discuss Pakistan’s challenges and prospects.

Amin provided an in-depth analysis of the agricultural sector’s contribution to the economy, highlighting an anticipated 126% increase in cotton production set to bolster textile exports. He urged both local and foreign investors to consider Pakistan’s agricultural sector as an attractive investment destination. The demand for locally produced food, coupled with the potential to cut down on imports, presents a unique opportunity, Amin emphasized.

Despite the prevailing economic hurdles, Amin expressed optimism about Pakistan’s economic recovery through combined efforts and strategic investments. He pointed out the perennial demand for food due to the country’s large and growing population. Investments in the food and agriculture sector, he argued, would not only meet domestic demand but also open up export avenues. Citing the example of Pakistan’s import of edible oils and oil seeds worth US$ 4 billion, Amin highlighted the potential for cultivating oil-yielding crops, which could lead to significant import substitution and conservation of foreign exchange.

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