Pakistani rice export to China breaks previous records: Pak Consul General
BEIJING, Oct 30 (APP):Pakistani exports to China are registering a significant increase and export of Pakistan rice to China during the first nine month of current financial year has broken previous records, said Pakistan Consul General, Shanghai Hussain Haider. He said in his speech while representing Pakistan at the China Pakistan Economic Corridor & Belt and Road Initiative Agriculture Cooperation and Exchange Conference in Shanghai while Secretary and members of Ministry of National Food Security and Research for Agricultural Cooperation and Exchange participated online from Pakistan and showed a willingness to enhance further cooperation in this sector, China Economic Net (CEN) reported.
Hussain Haider believed that this platform will serve to further deepen their partnership in the crucial areas of agriculture, and will help modernize Pakistan’s agriculture sector, alleviate poverty, and improve the livelihood of the masses. Ye Junping, Deputy Director of Shanghai Municipal Agriculture and Rural Affairs, remarked that Pakistan and China are all-weather friends and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) enhanced people-to-people relationship.
Liu Xiangdong, Deputy Director of Agriculture Trade Promotion Center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, China said that a large population in Pakistan affiliated with the agriculture sector, Chinese technology companies can help Pakistani farmers improve their production by using smart technologies and new techniques. Dr Javed Humayun, Joint Secretary, gave a speech on the behalf of Secretary of the Ministry of National Food Security, mentioned that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the landmark achievement of two sides that has opened new avenues and opportunities for cooperation.
This August forum, in fact, reaffirms our commitment for agricultural cooperation for which foundation stone was jointly laid by the two sides during the visit of the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan to China during November 2018 by signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provided an opportunity for institutional cooperation between Ministry of National Food Security & Research of Pakistan and the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Affairs of China,” he added. He said that Pakistan has launched various initiatives not only to enhance the productivity of crops and livestock but also to uplift the livelihoods of the people of Pakistan.
These initiatives are first-of-their-kind and present an excellent scheme of collaboration between Federal and Provincial Governments to yield desired results.
“Economy of Pakistan is mainly dependent on our agriculture sector that employs more than 39% of our labour force. Besides its contribution as a major employer of the labour force, this sector is also central to our economy as a source of raw materials for our industries including textile and leather industries,” Javed stated. “I believe that agriculture will be amongst key areas of cooperation under CPEC.
Chinese businessmen together with our private sector can explore opportunities to take benefit from the incentives being offered by the Government of Pakistan for the establishment of joint ventures”, he added. Ghulam Sadiq, Member Social Sciences Division, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council said that “I am confident that our future endeavours will facilitate the creation of new jobs and more of our youth will be engaged in joint ventures between Chinese and Pakistani business firms”.
Dr Du Youkang, Professor of the Pakistan Study Center of Fudan University said China needs to strengthen Chinese investment in Pakistan, especially in the agriculture sector. “We want to set up some cooperation centers in universities in Pakistan, and through technology, education, and so we can start with the agricultural economic cooperation”, he added.
It is to be noted that this year Pakistan and China are celebrating the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations and this conference was also part of those activities.
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