Fakhar stresses increasing fruits export to China

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam has reaffirmed his commitment for strengthening the bilateral trade and economic cooperation with China particularly in agriculture sector to develop it on modern lines.

Addressing the handing over ceremony of medical equipment donated by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA) the other day, the minister said that Pakistan and China have strong trade ties as China was the 4th largest export market of Pakistan.

Ambassador of China Yao Jing, Federal Secretary NFS&R and other high officials of the ministry were also present, said a press release. The Chinese ambassador handed over medical equipment to Fakhar Imam for field workers of Department of Plant Protection working for locust control. The minister appreciated the kind gesture and support of the Chinese Government.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister emphasised on increasing fruits export to China and urged the need of technology transfer to increase the shelf life of agricultural products and improve seed germination quality. He also urged the Chinese government for providing training to young human resource working in agriculture research and development sector. He also invited the Chinese chemical industry for investing in Pakistan. He also stressed the need of increased cooperation in satellite imaging technology to monitor locust movement in affected areas of Pakistan. 

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Speaking on the occasion Chinese Ambassador gave the proposal that drones could also be used for spraying purposes to control locust. He said drones are easy to use on cultivated areas and require less technical expertise to operate.

It may be recalled that Pakistan had requested the Chinese government for its assistance to control desert locust as an emergency project. In response, China had provided 300,000 liters of pesticides and 50 sprayer equipment. Now, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China (MARA) has provided medical equipment to Pakistan to continue activities related to desert locust under the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The equipment including masks, protective suits and gloves. Both sides agreed for frequent meetings on locust and to enhance cooperation in the field of Agriculture development.

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