In a meeting between Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam and Yao Jing, Ambassador of China, it had been decided that China will help in installing phytosanitary system for increasing fruit export and building vocational & technical agriculture institutions for training farmers.
Fakhar Imam said that Pakistan’s future will be much dependant on agriculture. He said that both countries need to revisit the contours of agricultural sector and that technical experts from both sides should directly interact with each other to come up with concrete projects for agricultural research.
Federal Minister said that Pakistan was facing problem of low yields, so there must be exchange of germplasm as an area of cooperation which will provide an opportunity to develop high yielding varieties for cotton, fruit, hybrid rice and wheat by our research centers.
An MoU had already been signed in March 2020 between Pakistan and China during the visit of the President of Pakistan to China. The MoU is aimed at establishing a Joint Plan Pest and Disease Control Centre in Pakistan. Establishment of the Centre is extremely important as there is no such centre in Pakistan and the nation is plagued by locusts.