September 19, 2023

Pakistan and China to cooperate in agricultural sector

Islamabad: Cooperation between China and Pakistan in the agricultural sector can greatly help Pakistan modernize and prosper in this sector, Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque said.

He held a virtual meeting with Professor Deng Xiuxin, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and their Pakistani counterpart, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad .

Prominent experts and faculty members from Huazhong Agricultural University also attended the meeting, according to Gwadar Pro.

“Pakistan was keen to learn from Chinese experience and expertise to modernize the agricultural sector in Pakistan, with emphasis on corporate farming, development of new seeds to improve crop yield , the introduction of new varieties of agricultural products, the establishment of agro-industry and the cold chain network,” said Moin ul Haque.

In his remarks, the Ambassador highlighted the growing importance of agricultural cooperation between the two countries, as Pakistan’s agricultural sector is the backbone of the national economy and important for food security.

The ambassador also praised China for its progress in the agricultural sector and said Pakistan could upgrade the sector under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

During the meeting, discussions focused on China-Pakistan bilateral cooperation in agriculture, and a special agricultural technology zone was proposed to enhance cooperation.

Prof. Iqrar gave a detailed presentation of the ongoing cooperation between Faisalabad University of Agriculture and Chinese universities, highlighting new areas of cooperation.

He proposed the establishment of a special agricultural technology zone in Faisalabad and invited counterparts and Chinese companies for this project.

Professor Deng positively noted the proposals and expressed his full support to the CAE for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural sector.