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Crop Biotech Update

Pakistan Needs to Collaborate with China on Agriculture

July 29, 2011

Pakistan can take advantage of China's experience to ensure food security by applying different biotechnology techniques said Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Scientists Association (PASA) Jamshed Iqbal Cheema.

The chairman indicated that the Chinese government is willing to set up a state-of-the-art 'Technology Display Center' in Pakistan, which would be a win-win situation for both countries. He pointed out that non-availability of hi-tech seeds (hybrids and genetically modified); poor quality and high priced irrigation water (high pH and inefficient pumping from grounds); non-existence of food storage and processing facilities; and lack of mechanization especially among small farmers are major impediments in developing the agricultural sector in the country.

Cheema added that cooperation between the two countries could be fostered to enhance genetic material exchange, joint breeding in Pakistan as well as in China, and commercial production of hybrid seeds in Pakistan.

The original article is at
http://www.pabic.com.pk/Pakistan%20should%20join%20hands%20with%20China%20for%20increasing%20its%20agriculture%20production.html.