China’s committed to support Pakistan’s agricultural sector with high-quality disease-resistant hybrid seeds: Liu Jianming

Lahore: Liu Jianming, the Deputy Party Secretary and Deputy Political Commissar of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, affirmed China’s commitment to supporting Pakistan’s agricultural sector with high-quality disease-resistant hybrid seeds.

This assistance extends specifically to crops like cotton, canola, and wheat, with the overarching aim of achieving substantial increases in crop production.

The focus on enhancing yields aligns with the textile industry’s needs, crucial for generating essential foreign exchange.

During Liu’s visit to the head office of Guard Agricultural Research and Services, he underscored the advantages of modern mechanized agriculture, emphasizing the potential for improved crop production.

Liu announced China’s collaboration with Pakistan on hybrid seeds for various crops, encompassing not only cotton but also sunflower, maize, sesame, and more. Moreover, he pledged to share China’s successful “Water Saving Technology” to contribute to sustainable agricultural practices.

Expressing admiration for Guard Agriculture Research’s endeavors, Liu extended an invitation for the members to visit China, fostering one-on-one interactions with relevant stakeholders.

He emphasized the power of innovation to address challenges in Pakistan’s agricultural sector and conveyed China’s readiness to provide technical expertise, research collaboration, and necessary resources for the development of cutting-edge hybrid seeds.

Recognizing the significance of the agricultural sector, Liu highlighted China’s eagerness to support Pakistan in hybrid seeds, emphasizing their shared goal of enhancing crop productivity.

Cao Ke, Chinese Deputy Consul General in Lahore, was present during this exchange, signifying the diplomatic importance of the occasion.

On this occasion, Shahzad Ali Malik, CEO of Guard Agri, welcomed the visiting delegation and provided insights into the company’s groundbreaking work. He highlighted the development of the first-ever Guard Hitech hybrid rice seed, which not only doubled production but also significantly increased farmers’ profitability in Pakistan.

Malik outlined Guard Agri’s extensive research initiatives spanning rice, wheat, cotton, maize, oilseed, and vegetables across Punjab and Sindh provinces.

He expressed Pakistan’s aspiration to leverage modern technology and Chinese expertise to increase crop production.

He thanked the Chinese delegation, accepted an invitation to visit Xinjiang Province for further cooperation, and concluded the visit with an exchange of souvenirs between Liu Jianming and Shahzad Ali Malik.