PAC Agri Connections 2024- April 24th & 25th at Lahore Expo Center

Meet Pakistan’s top agri-business leaders, growers, agri start-ups, government officials, donors, investors, and experts…

Pakistan Agricultural Coalition held its first PAC Agri-Connections conference and exhibition on March 16, 2023 at the Hotel Movenpick Karachi, where growers, investors, financiers, industries, academics, donors, and government came together to chart a path for the transformation of Pakistan’s agriculture sector.

The State of Pakistan’s Agriculture 2023 report was jointly launched by Pakistan Agricultural Coalition and Pakistan Business Council at the Agri-Connections 2023 conference.

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Rice accounts for nearly ten percent of Pakistan’s exports. Out of Pakistan’s exports of $23.2 billion in FY18, rice exports were $2 billion. Yet our

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Broadening Knowledge Base: BBA Agriculture degree program

In early 2014, PAC brought about a collaboration between University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Faisalabad and Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Sukkur to develop a 4-year BBA Agribusiness program that provides technical skills and business development and management training…
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PAC Agri Connections 2023 – Transforming Pakistan Agriculture

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Building momentum for a major upgrade of crop insurance for Pakistan’s farmers

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First loans to farmers with crop as collateral disbursed

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DAY 1, Wednesday, April 24, 2024

  • Welcome and recitation of the Holy Quran
  • Welcome by Mr. Arif Nadeem, CEO Pakistan Agricultural Coalition
  • Mr. Iftikhar Sahoo, Secretary Agriculture Punjab
  • Mr. Muhammad Nassir Salim, President HBL
  • Mr. Samuel Rizk, Resident Representative UNDP
  • Maj Gen Shahid Nazir Director General
  • Strategic Projects LIMS/SIFC
  • 11:00 am to 11:15 am Tea break

Explore how National foods are innovating the process of tomato cultivation

  • Mr. Zeeshan Sheikh Country Manager IFC
  • Musadaq Zulqarnain, Chairman Interloop
  • Mr. Afaq Tiwana, CEO Farmers Associates
  • Mr. Nabeel Awan, Chairman P&D Punjab
  • 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm Lunch

Get on a journey with Nishat Group and agriculture: to learn their transformation from their textiles to dairy and beyond

  • Mr. Olivier Durand, Senior Agricultural Economist, The World Bank
  • Mr. Khalil Sattar, CEO K&N’s
  • Mr. Mohammad Memon, Progressive livestock farmer
  • Mr. Masoud Anwar Secretary Livestock Punjab
  • 3:30 pm to 3:45 pm Tea break   

Engro Fertilizers on provides insights, facts & strategies to priorities for Pakistan’s Food Security

  • Naazer Minhaj, Rural Banking Head, HBL
  • Elise Lee, Commercial Head for Asia, Pula Advisors
  • Aminuddin CEO TPL Insurance”
  • Rafique Buriro, Secretary Agriculture Sindh
  • Key messages from Day 1 – Conference Director Mr. Kazim Saeed
  • 5:00 pm – Close of Day 1

DAY 2, Thursday, April 25, 2024

  • Charles Schneider, IFC
  • Shehzad Anwar, GM Pakistan ADM
  • Shakaib Arif, CEO Naymat Collateral
  • 11:00 am to 11:15 am Tea Break
  • Rahat Jabeen, The World Bank
  • Faraz Zafar Ahmed, Al-Karam
  • Faisal Iftikhar, CEO AquaHatch
  • Secretary Forestry and Fisheries Punjab
  • Ahsan Rana LUMS
  • Syngenta CEO Mr. Zeeshan Baig
  • Maria Saleem, Fatima Group
  • Chaudhry Shaukat, Progressive farmer and seed exporter, Mamoonkanjan
  • Asif Ali, Chair of Federal Government Task Force on Seed
  • 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch
  • Norbert Havas, CEO ProofMinder (Hungary)
  • Shahid Tawawalla, CEO Meskay & Femtee Trading/Kubota
  • Secretary Agriculture Punjab Mr. Iftikhar Sahoo
  • Sam Knowlton, Global expert on regenerative agriculture
  • Taimur Malik, DrawDown Farms
  • Shad Mustafa, CEO Textile Marketing Company
  • Brig (r) Zaheer ud Din Babar, Advisor on Special Projects, Soorty Enterprises
  • Wasif Khurshid, Secretary Irrigation Punjab
  • 4:00 pm to 4:15 pm lunch break

ZarZaraat Agri start-ups pitching to investors (Sponsored by Bank of Punjab)                

  • Introduction to ZarZaraat by Mr. Hadi Rizvi, Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Coalition
  • The ZarZaraat Process: Mr. Syed Faraz Anwar, Partner, A.F. Ferguson & Co.
  • Jury decisions: Chair of the ZarZaraat Jury Mr. Syed Yawar Ali (Chairman, Nestle Pakistan)
  • Pitches by 3 finalists and investors’ questions
  • Zafar Masud, President, The Bank of Punjab
  • Conference resolutions by Conference Director Mr. Kazim Saeed, Strategy Advisor PAC
  • Vote of Thanks: Mr. Hadi Ali Rizvi, Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Coalition