The Pakistani ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque, along with the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dr. Jihua Wang – the president of Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Science (YASS).
The ceremony was held online in Kunming and Beijing on Friday, 15 July 2022. The MoU is about promoting agricultural cooperation between China and Pakistan. PARC and YASS will work together to construct a joint agricultural research lab. They will research various subjects about agriculture and technology training. Therefore, cooperation between the two states will strengthen through joint ventures.
However, this MoU is an extension of an agreement signed between the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council and the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2014. The agreement has been lucrative in the past as well. It has yielded successful results in pest control. The impact of this MoU will provide Pakistani researchers and scientists with a platform to conduct research in promoting pest control and plant protection.
Moin ul Haque has stated, “Pakistan is keen to learn from Chinese experience and expertise for modernizing the agricultural sector, with focus on corporate farming, new seed development for enhancing crop yield, the introduction of new varieties of agricultural products, establishing agro-industry and setting a cold chain network.”
Pakistan is an agrarian economy; therefore, this MoU is imperative in developing the agricultural sector. Pakistan needs to utilize technology to yield surplus growth in agriculture. Thus, the MoU will not only be fruitful in strengthening the ties between the states, but it will provide Pakistan the opportunity to construct a framework where it can amalgamate agriculture with technology.
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