Pakistan ready to become food basket for China: Commercial Counsellor
BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Gwadar Pro) – Pakistan's Commercial Counsellor to China Ghulam Qadir said on Saturday that the bilateral agricultural cooperation between China and Pakistan is increasing due to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and Pakistan is ready to become a food basket for China.
Addressing a forum at 2022 China International Fair for Trade In Services titled “International Forum on Development and Investment of Modern Supply Chain of Food”, Ghulam Qadir said that Pakistan’s rice exports to China shown phenomenal growth in the past decade. He said that in 2010 Pakistan’s exports of rice to China were only 3000 MT but now Pakistan is exporting nearly one million MT rice annually.
“I strongly believe this is still a beginning and Pakistan is ready to become a food basket of China, by utilizing its fertile and vast arable land,” he added.
Qadir further said that Pakistan is looking forward to enhancing the bilateral food supply chain and agricultural cooperation by using China’s latest technologies and methods.
“We are looking forward to China’s investment and technology transfer for agricultural modernization and better productivity in Pakistan. We will also enhance our bilateral trade by using the latest methods like e-commerce and online platforms,” he mentioned.
He stated that developing countries have to change the food supply chain methods into modern supply chain in food sector including financing and payment mechanizm of the international trade for food supply.