Pak China Joint Agriculture Laboratory should be established under CPEC: PCJCCI President

Lahore, March 13, 2023 (PPI-OT): Moazzam Ghurki, President Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) said during a meeting held at PCJCCI Secretariat on Monday that under the framework of CPEC a joint agriculture laboratory should be established to help, aware and improve the agriculture sector by technology transfer for the increase of cultivation and production.

He added that the project will help farmers by lowering the need to invest in insecticides and pesticides and will help alleviate poverty in Pakistan. Fang Yulong, Senior Vice President PCJCCI said that the technology transfer is extremely important so this Pak China agriculture laboratory will definitely help in exchanging contemporary and innovative techniques, we will also launch various awareness courses for the farmers for the boost in cultivation and production.

He also added that Wheat is the largest food crop in Pakistan and continuous increase in wheat yield has become a strategic objective to ensure food security in Pakistan. China’s success story in using molecular breeding technology to breed high-yielding, disease-resistant and high-quality wheat varieties will be very useful for Pakistan to increase wheat production.

Hamza Khalid, Vice President PCJCCI said that there is a dire need to introduce smart agriculture in Pakistan because this would definitely help in awareness and educating the farmers with the modern ways and technologies of the world.

He added that we are still stuck to the old traditions of farming which are no more cost effective and reliable. Through Pak China Joint Agriculture Laboratory we should inculcate the smart agriculture technology among the farmers and connect them with ecommerce platforms through which they can also access contemporary machinery of agriculture at reasonable and nominal rates.

Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General PCJCCI added that with the country’s current massive internet penetration rate, which is highly likely to grow further in the years ahead, we should connect the entire agricultural chain of Pakistan with the ecommerce from production to marketing.

This digital transformation should be the prime motive of Pak China Agriculture Laboratory because it will help in reducing agricultural production costs, upgrading efficiency and creating new job opportunities for local communities in the rural areas of Pakistan.

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