ISLAMABAD (APP) - Minister for Food and Agriculture, Nazar Muhammad Gondal has said the implementation process of approved agricultural development projects under Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue will start from next month. Highlighting the areas of bilateral cooperation in agriculture sector during the talks, the minister said, it dwelt on increasing wheat and cotton production and controlling their diseases in Pakistan, water management and water shortage, provision of seed and fertilizer to help boost the agricultural sector. In an interview, he said allocations were also approved for various agricultural projects including $9 million for wheat production and rust disease prevention, $ 9 million for cotton production and disease prevention, the same amount for prevention of food and disease in livestock and some other programmes. Nazar Gondal, who was also part of the delegation that attended the Dialogue in Washington, said the projects would also be financed under Kerry-Lugar Bill and USAid. We had informed the US our needs and they tried to meet our demands as per their resources. We have always talked about trade not aid. We are trying to further strengthen our trade with US, he said, adding that during dialogue, mangoes export to the US had also been accorded approval. Answering a question, he said grants for water management and water shortage projects had already been approved and even allocation for these projects had been earmarked. The implementation work on these projects would start soon, he added. When asked about flood losses, he said during dialogue with the US, this issue was also came under discussion and Pakistani side provided them the entire estimates and details of agri losses in the affected areas. He said flood has caused around Rs. 281 billion crop losses. Losses to irrigation system and water channels were also in billion of rupees. He said during strategic dialogue Pakistan provided the US information about losses of floods and managed to realize them our problems. We have informed them about our losses, we appreciate their support. Pakistan has suffered huge losses due to flood and it is also trying to facilitate the farmers within its own resources as well, he said. He said the meeting with US President Obama was planned in which all issues were discussed.