Zardari wants Chinese model of agriculture in Pakistan

Nov 30, -0001
WUHAN: President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday said that Pakistan wants to benefit from Chinese experience and technology in the field of agriculture for enhanced production that will help Pakistan in overcoming the grain shortage. "I am very impressed with China's development in the agri sector and we want to emulate the same success in Pakistan," Zardari said here in his address to China (Hubei) - Pakistan Agriculture and Water Resources Cooperation Forum.

Zardari said that Pakistan and China have always enjoyed cordial relations and expressed the hope that his visit will further strengthen these ties particularly in the fields of agriculture and hydro electricity sectors.

He said the prime objective of his visit, the second in four months, was to learn from the Chinese model of agriculture and development of hydro electricity projects.

About the Pakistan-China relations Zardari said these have entered into the third generation of the Bhutto family starting from the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to Bilawal Bhutto, who was here last year for the Beijing Olympics.

"We have the sincere desire that these cordial ties are carried forward by the generations to come," he added.

Zardari stressed the need that the warm and friendly bilateral relations between the two neighbours should be translated into the welfare of the masses of Pakistan and China.

He said China was like a second home to him and thanked the hosts for a warm reception.

Earlier Chinese experts in agriculture informed Zardari of the research they are undertaking in development of hybrid seeds of cotton, rice and rapeseed. They said that the varieties developed by them are high yielding and are ready for harvest in a shorter time.

Zardari asked a number of questions to the Chinese experts regarding development of the hybrid seeds and said there is a need for research to develop edible oil into bio fuel. -APP






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