Pakistan, China to multiply agro-economy cooperation
ISLAMABAD, Sept.9 (Gwadar Pro) - Pakistan and China on Wednesday agreed to multiply cooperation regarding agro-economy.
China is already helping Pakistan in the agriculture sector under the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), while Pakistan has shown interest to apply Chinese technology in the agriculture sector to enhance production.
As part of the cooperation, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Pakistan Nong Rong called on the Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam here to exchange views on the agro-economy. The meeting was also attended by the senior officials of the ministry.
The Chinese Ambassador, on the occasion, said that Juncao technology allows farmers to grow different types of nutritional mushrooms from chopped grasses without cutting down trees and damaging the environment. He said it can be used for producing feed, biogas and also minimize soil erosion to combat desertification, and farmers can gain income in 7-10 days after planting mushroom substrate packs.
The Ambassador indicated that 1-hectare land can produce 300 tons of fresh grass per year and grow 120 tons of fresh mushrooms or feed 300 goats. It solves the forage shortage in the winter season as well. 13 centers of this technology had been set up globally and the next will be set up in Pakistan.
He proposed that three-tier exchanges should be promoted including Government to Government, Business to Business, and Research to Research.
During the meeting, Fakhar Imam said that Pakistan and China should enhance their relationship regarding agro-economy.
The two dignitaries agreed to explore and enhance the relationship in the production of agriculture inputs particularly pesticides, fertilizer, machinery, and support services including agricultural education and research.
They vowed to improve the agricultural infrastructure in the regions along with the CPEC projects. This includes crop farming, livestock breeding, forestry and food growing, and aquatic and fishery for the development of comprehensive agricultural production capacity, construction of farmland water conservancy facility and agricultural products circulation facility.
Fakhar Imam said that trade between the two countries can achieve new heights if Pakistan enhances the export of fruits, vegetables, and rice to China.
The dignitaries agreed to sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to enhance the export of onion to China and to introduce revolutionary Chinese Juncao technology.