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China is keen to accelerate the development of Agriculture Sector in Pakistan in collaboration with PARC. Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC

Islamabad: A Chinese Delegation on Pak China Socio-Economic Joint Working Group (JWG) headed by Li Jun, Dy. Director / Associate Professor Institute of Oil Crops, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China visited Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Head Quarters, Islamabad and held meeting with Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman, PARC for Pak-China Collaboration in Agriculture Sector under CPEC.

On the occasion, Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, The Chairman, PARC acknowledged the support of China in various projects of PARC. In a meeting with Chinese Delegation, he gave a detailed presentation about PARC, its mission and vision to achieve sustainable food security and poverty alleviation through knowledge and innovation.

The Chairman, PARC also briefed the delegation about presence of PARC in the Country, National Agricultural System of Pakistan, PARC discipline of in-house research, i.e, Plant Sciences, Natural Resources, Animal Sciences, Agricultural Engineering and Social Sciences. He also highlighted the Pakistan Agricultural Scenario and PARC major achievements. Chairman, PARC further added that agriculture and socio economic development are also included in Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC).

In the meeting, Pak- China experts also exchanged the agricultural information and discussed the areas of mutual interest to accelerate the development of Agriculture sector in Pakistan. The Projects of the Socio-Economic Development under CPEC were also discussed i.e China Pakistan Joint Agricultural Technology Laboratory, Provision of Agriculture Equipment and tools, Pakistan Agricultural Vocational Training, China-Pakistan Rural Poverty Reduction Joint Research Project, Drinking Water Equipment Supply. Through a two-week study and filed investigation by the Chinese Expert Group in Pakistan, both sides have already shortlisted 27 projects as priority projects based on exchange of opinions, considering Pakistani Peoples needs.

Li Jun, Dy. Director / Associate Professor Institute of Oil Crops, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China discussed the mutual priorities for development in agriculture sector under Pak-China Socio Economic joint Working Group. The Chinese delegation appreciated the PARC’s role of collaboration with international partners for the development of agricultural sector in Pakistan. The Chinese delegation was of the view that this meeting would definitely prove fruitful to further strengthen existing collaboration between the both countries. Chinese delegation also stated that China intends to provide help in different agri. Research projects being carried out at NARC and also aims assistance for training of NARC’s agri. Scientists according to their field.

The Delegation also visited at NARC and took keen interest about the agri. research activities carried out at NARC. Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC also presented a PARC Shield to the head of Chinese delegation on the occasion.

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