Islamabad, Pakistan, 09/12/2021 / Islamabad News Bureau /
Under the CPEC project, Pakistan and China committed to expand agricultural cooperation, particularly in agriculture research, input production and machinery, and the use of new technologies.
Nong Rong, China’s ambassador to Pakistan, and Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research, spoke this Wednesday and agreed to sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to increase onion exports to China and to promote innovative Chinese Juncao technology.
According to Fakhar, Pakistan and China should strengthen their ties in the agro-economy. The two officials decided to investigate and strengthen their connection in sectors such as agriculture input production, notably pesticides, fertilizers, machinery, and support services such as agricultural education and research. Furthermore, agricultural infrastructure in the CPEC regions, crop farming, animal breeding, forestry, food growing, aquatic and fisheries in the CPEC regions, and horticulture production should be strengthened.
Additionally, the minister suggested that both nations should work together to develop extensive agricultural production capacity, build water-conservation systems for farmland, improve agricultural product distribution, and collaborate on forestry, horticulture, fisheries, and veterinary medicines and vaccines.
Fakhar Imam, federal minister for national food and security, said Pakistan’s exports of fruits, vegetables, and rice to China might boost bilateral commerce. In terms of vegetables and fruits, he said Pakistan has great export potential. To him, there’s a lot of room for growth in bilateral commerce. There is a significant focus given to high tech, construction, and agriculture sectors by Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to Mr. Khalilzad. China and Pakistan’s agriculture industry can benefit from technology exchange, according to the minister.
Juncao technology, according to the Chinese envoy, enables farmers to produce a variety of nutritious mushrooms from chopped grasses without cutting trees and harming the ecosystem. According to him, it may be utilized to produce feed, biogas and even reduce soil erosion to battle desertification. According to him, farmers may earn money within seven to ten days of planting mushroom substrate packs, he added.
This technology has been implemented in 13 places worldwide, and a 14th will be established in Pakistan. According to the ambassador, three types of exchanges should be promoted: government-to-government, business-to-business, and research-to-research. A research-based technology exchange should be led by PARC and Beijing Agricultural Research Institute, he added.
Agro-economy in Pakistan is half as productive as in China, and the latest technology developments in agriculture can help boost it, the ambassador said. Agricultural bilateral business between the two countries has considerable potential, according to Nong Rong. Agricultural technology exchange may increase the productivity of Pakistan’s agriculture and should thus be a priority, according to him. Both representatives agreed to increase agricultural trade and technology sharing.
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