China to help Pakistan develop phytosanitary facilities

China to help Pakistan develop phytosanitary facilities

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ISLAMABAD: Agriculture is the future of Pakistan, and Prime Minister Imran Khan is keen to revive this sector, National Food Security and Research Minister Syed Fakhar Imam remarked while speaking with Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing.

He said Pakistan was faced with the problem of lower yields, which could be solved by sharing germplasm as an area of cooperation.

“It will provide the opportunity to develop high-yielding varieties of cotton, fruits, hybrid rice and wheat by our research centres,” the minister added.

Imam said China was one of the world’s largest export markets for meat and meat products, but because of foot-and – mouth disease (FMD), Pakistan had little access to it.

He stressed it was an environment where the both sides could work together.

He expressed that it was decided that China would help with the installation of a phytosanitary program to improve exports of fruit and would also help with the creation of vocational and technical institutes for the training of farmers and people relevant to the agricultural sector.

The Chinese envoy also expressed interest in mutual cooperation in the fisheries sector at Gwadar on that occasion.

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