The chief ministers of both Punjabs (in India and Pakistan) would sign a protocol agreement on Sunday, identifying areas of mutual interest and cooperation.
The document would be signed at Muktsar's Badal village, where chief minister Parkash Singh Badal would host a lunch for the delegation led by his Pakistani counterpart Shahbaz Sharif.
Sharif mooted the proposal for a protocol agreement during deliberations held here at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), where the Pakistan Punjab CM held detailed deliberations with experts from the university and the state government. Responding promptly to this proposal, Badal offered to prepare the document.
A high-level committee of officers and vice-chancellors of Punjab Agricultural University - both at Ludhiana and Faisalabad besides Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary Sciences (GADVASU), has been constituted by the chief ministers to finalise the terms and conditions of this agreement.
Sharing of agricultural technology, besides animal husbandry, agro-processing and milk production, are said to be on top of the agenda of this document.
After watching presentations by the vice-chancellors of PAU and GADVASU, Right To Service Act commissioner and revenue commissioner, Sharif said it was high time that both Punjabs worked together for the sake of development and shared research and technologies.
Sharif said both Punjabs should learn from countries of the European Union, who had fought each other in the past and had now joined hands for progress in their respective countries.
"In the past, we have moved slowly towards this goal, but it's time to run so that an atmosphere of warmth and affection could be created in the region," he added.
Sharif also endorsed the proposal mooted by PAU vice-chancellor BS Dhillon to initiate joint research efforts on land on both sides of the international border.
"Such a lab has been set up on the Germany-Switzerland border and the results has been remarkable. India and Pakistan can follow suit as the cropping pattern of both Punjabs are almost the same," Dhillon said.
Badal said these visits should not be mere formalities but be result-oriented so as to benefit the entire region.
Batting strongly for relaxing the visa regime between both countries, he said it would help in the free movement of people from both sides of the border, which was direly needed to strengthen bonds of love and brotherhood.
He said efforts must be made by both state governments to impress upon their respective national governments the need to remove all barriers that hinder love, friendship and affection between the two nations.
Harvester gifted to Shahbaz Sharif
As a goodwill gesture, the Punjab government has gifted a combine harvester to Shahbaz Sharif. This made-in-India harvester is being used by progressive farmers.
The PAU gifted a maize de-husker to Sharif and samples of Punjab Basmati-2 and honey developed on university farms.