ISLAMABAD: Tropical agriculture is well developed in China and Pakistan can learn from it in order to promote and develop tropical farming in the country, said Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam on Thursday.
The Minister said that there were huge opportunities for bilateral co-operation in production, processing, and value-adding tropical fruit and crops, as banana, palm oil, king grass, etc, as a result of a press release during the online workshop organisation organised by the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS) and the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.
He was hopeful to increase collaboration between governments and private enterprises, in order to promote agricultural production and add value for their goods. They also expressed optimism.
“The workshop focuses on Tropical Agriculture, which is significantly, but relatively little concentrated, given Pakistan’s massive 3 billion dollars import palm oil cost,” Imam added.
“The strong relations between Pakistan and China are continually gaining momentum over time,” he continued.
Imam praised the Chinese and Chinese academies for giving king grass germplasm that may assist manufacture biomass fuel and implement “Tropical Economic Palm Technology in Pakistan.”
He hoped that these measures might help satisfy food and energy needs and general tropical agriculture growth in Pakistan.
Senior officials from many institutions, the Chinese embassy, academics, research organisations and chamber representatives were present at the occasion.