by Shafqat Ali
SAHIWAL, Jan 30th (Gwadar Pro) – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday afternoon said the government was collaborating with Iron Brother China to learn techniques in agriculture under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Speaking at the ceremony of cheque distribution under Ehsaas (care) programme and provision of tractors under Kamyab Jawan (successful young man) programme, the PM said China had been very helpful in all sectors.
“We should follow how China has progressed over the years. We are seeking to learn their techniques in agriculture under CPEC,”he said.
PM Khan said the government was taking steps to ensure sustainable growth through industrial and agro-based economy.
Pakistan-China agricultural cooperation is still in the initial stage, with plenty of potential in technology, product processing, trade and infrastructure construction, said a study by Zhang Wenli and Zhai Xueling from Research Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.
The Chinese study said that Agriculture was the largest sector of Pakistan’s economy in terms of labour participation. Pakistan has a trade surplus with China in agricultural products.
The volume of bilateral trade in this area has been growing strongly in recent years. From $181 million in the year of 2010 to $476 million in 2019, China’s imports of agricultural products from Pakistan had increased by 163.1%, with an average annual growth rate of 11.3%. However, facing challenges due to climate change, pest attacks and water shortage, Pakistan’s agriculture calls for increased productivity.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan, particularly Punjab, had immense potential in development in agriculture and livestock sectors, which could be exploited for the benefit of people.
He said the industrial units in Gujranwala, Sialkot and Faisalabad industries experienced boom even during the pandemic.
About the launch of Rs 18 billion development projects in Sahiwal, he said the government was firm on the uplift of under-developed areas of the country.
Imran Khan said Sahiwal would be provided with the best facilities in the fields of health, education, road infrastructure and social welfare.
He announced that every household across Punjab would get health insurance worth Rs 0.7 million by December.
He said the inauguration of Rs 400 million sewerage plant in Sahiwal would provide treat waste water, which would be diverted towards irrigation of the adjoining forest area.
The Prime Minister said reforestation was priority of the government as the 10 billion tree plantation project was in progress on full swing.
He said the upcoming local government system would ensure power devolution and result in providing facilities to people at their doorsteps.
The Prime Minister said the government would introduce a uniform educational syllabus across the country, which would mainstream all students, especially those from poor backgrounds.
Source: China Economic Net