USAID agribusiness project helped 27,000 farmers transition from
traditional farming to market-oriented agribusinesses
Chitral Times Report
Islamabad: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
held a ceremony Friday showcasing a successful agricultural program
that shared modern techniques with 27,000 farmers and helped to
increase agricultural exports by $34 million.
USAID’s Agribusiness Project worked with both small farmers and
larger producers to increase productivity and quality while
reaching new domestic and international markets. The four-year
program, which ends this month, created jobs for 14,000 Pakistanis.
“The farmers of Pakistan have tremendous potential, and USAID is
committed to supporting farmers in adopting modern best practices
and technologies,” USAID Mission Director John Groarke said at the
Some of the program’s achievements include a 300-percent increase
in income for 800 women who process apricots in Gilgit-Baltistan,
an improvement in the quality of chilies from Pakistan, and
improvements in cuts of meat for the international export market.
USAID is continuing to support market-led growth in the
horticulture and livestock value chains through a recently launched
U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Agriculture Market Development.
U.S. assistance has reached more than 800,000 rural households and
financed irrigation initiatives for more than 480,000 acres of
farmland in Pakistan. The United States helps Pakistani
agribusinesses access financing, form partnerships, and tap into
more lucrative markets, with the goal of linking thousands of local
producers nationwide to major commercial firms by the end of 2016.
More than 26,000 new jobs can be attributed to USAID programming in
the last four years. Through USAID efforts, the incremental sales
for Pakistani businesses in the past five years have increased by
more than $144 million, and the revenue generated by the exports
for the targeted commodities, a large part of which is agricultural
produce, has increased by $57 million.