Pakistan to export 3.75 million tons of rice to China
LAHORE, Aug.12 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) President SM Naveed said on Wednesday that Pakistan was ready to export 3.75 million tons of rice to China.
In a statement, he said the export was possible due to the surplus crop meeting annual domestic consumption of 2.5 million tons. Naveed said that China has emerged as one of the destinations for Pakistani rice export, as reflected in the 244% increase in paddy shipments to the neighbor over the last two years.
He added that the PCJCCI had initiated a move to double exports to China within a year. “The dream of exporting around 10 million tons of Irri-6 rice to China could turn into a reality if sustained efforts to market Pakistani rice are pursued, focusing on the need of the Chinese population,” the PCJCCI chief stated.
In the same statement, PCJCCI Senior Vice President Daud Ahmed said that new hybrid rice varieties have been developed in Pakistan, which would give maximum yield with minimum input costs during water scarcity.
“The Rice Research Institute has developed new techniques to cultivate rice through the ‘broadcasting system’ instead of manual sapling plantation,” he revealed. Under the technique, farmers could cultivate 80,000 plants in a field and get more production while saving input costs up to Rs14,000 per acre. “This technique is cheaper and helps save 30-35% of irrigation water,” Ahmed stressed.