Chinese and Pakistani companies join hands to facilitate flood affectees

Islamabad: Chinese company Yuan Longping High-tech Agriculture and Pakistani company Guard Agricultural Research and Services (GARS) on Sunday afternoon dispatched trucks loaded with relief goods to the flood hit areas of Sukkar, Sindh for early rehabilitation of flood affected people.

Chinese company country head Liu Lin Hui and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Guard Agri Shahzad Ali Malik told journalists before sending the relief goods that adhering to the deep friendship between China and Pakistan, Yuan Longping High-tech Agriculture Co. and Guard Agricultural Research and Services (GARS) had actively joined the local disaster relief activities in Pakistan since August 20, 1999.

Liu Lin Hui mentioned that a total of Pakistani Rs 32.19 million goods were provided in disaster areas including Rs 26.19 million supplies which included 440 tents worth Rs 8.8 million, 171.5 tons of rice worth Rs 16.22 million, 1920 kg of salt worth Rs 770,000 and 5 tons of flour worth Rs 400,000. Rs 2 million cash was also donated for the flood affectees and another Rs 4 million for house rebuilding.

The relief is mainly used for the post-disaster reconstruction at Larkana, Naudero, Khair Pur, Nawab Shah, Sangar, Sawat and Mardan, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Momin Ali Malik, Senior Executive Guard Agri said Longping was a high-tech modern seed group named after the academician Yuan Longping.

“The company has always taken the implementation of food security strategy as the original intention and taken ‘progress the seeds, benefit the world’ as the mission. The company has been providing technical support for hybrid rice planting in Pakistan for more than two decades,” he elaborated.

He informed that the Guard Agri will take ‘import, acquire and develop the latest agricultural and crop technologies to produce quality seed to increase per acre yield and help the nation build grain surpluses to achieve adequate food security’ as the mission.

“We are the top hybrid rice seed brand in the market, with annual sales of more than 2,000 tons, we have increased rice production by more than 500 million kilograms per year and are earning more than 100 million US dollars for Pakistan,” he underlined.