Beam)irradiation facility established throughsupport from the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID) funded U.S.-Pakistan
Partnerships for Agricultural Market Development (AMD) program.
“We are pleased that the U.S. Government’s efforts are helping transform Pakistan’s agriculture sector by introducing innovative technologies,” said Consul General JoAnne Wagner. “I’m confident that this technology will prove to be a game changer for Pakistan’s agricultural exports.”
E-Beam irradiation technology allows for fast and efficient sanitization of food and non-food products through an electron beam passed through packaged
commodities. For fruits and vegetables this means longer shelf life and cleaner
products as compared to any other sanitization methods available in the country.
USAID’s AMDprogram works to improve the ability of Pakistan's commercial agriculture and livestock sectors to compete better in international and national markets in four target product lines; meat, high-value and off-season vegetables, mangoes, and citrus.
This partnership acts as a catalyst for development and investment in the target product lines, helps improve the quality and increase the quantity of exportable agricultural produce, and promotes cooperation among farmers, processors, exporters, and buyers of Pakistani agricultural products in international markets. This is resulting in increased income and generating employment opportunities for the citizens of Pakistan.