Approximately 30 Department of Plant Protection officials and other agricultural professionals from across Pakistan participated in a two-day training in late July. The training program was designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to expand agricultural trade. This training served the dual purpose of helping expand the Pakistani export market while building closer ties between the United States government and its agricultural professionals.
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) contributed to the conference by developing several online modules that conference attendees took prior to the conference. Additionally, all the materials to conduct the workshops, including facilitators’ guides, participant guides, and PowerPoint presentations, were created and designed by CVM staff. CVM faculty worked with USDA experts on specific sanitary and phytosanitary topics to write and design the curriculum suite.
“All participants completed and fulfilled the expectations of the program,” said Nicola Ritter, instructional assistant professor at the CVM. “Participants raved how useful this program was to their job. Pakistanis overwhelming stated that the workshop helped them in practical applications of import and export regulations.”
Agriculture is Pakistan’s second-largest sector and is the largest employer in the country. This training session was another step to enhance agricultural productivity in Pakistan and to support economic growth and food security.