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China's role in promoting hybrid rice cultivation

China's role in promoting hybrid rice cultivation

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Experts lauded China’s role in advancing Hybrid Rice cultivation in Pakistan, according to a report published by Gwadar Pro. The Chairman of the Pakistan Hitech Hybrid Seed Association (PHHSA), Shahzad Ali Malik, in a press briefing, highlighted the pivotal role of Chinese expertise in revolutionizing Pakistan’s agriculture through hybrid seed technology.

This collaboration marks a significant stride towards self-sufficiency and the bolstering of Pakistan’s export potential in key crops including cotton, wheat, edible oils, and pulses. Malik pointed out that the adoption of hybrid rice technology from China has already showcased remarkable yield improvements, setting a precedent for its application across other agricultural sectors.

The initiative aims to reduce Pakistan’s heavy reliance on imports by enhancing local production capabilities. For cotton, a critical export commodity, hybrid technology promises higher yields and quality, positioning Pakistan to reduce imports and explore export opportunities.

Similarly, the introduction of hybrid wheat and oilseed varieties like soybean and sunflower is expected to boost productivity, quality, and domestic availability, potentially transforming Pakistan into a net exporter of these commodities.

Malik also touched upon the issue of pulse shortages, emphasizing that hybrid varieties could significantly enhance local production, thereby decreasing the need for imports and enabling Pakistan to meet its domestic demand more effectively.

This strategic move towards hybrid varieties, in collaboration with China, aims to ensure food security, achieve economic stability, and foster export growth, underlining the crucial role of advanced agricultural technologies in Pakistan’s development, he maintained.

Meanwhile, The Pakistani Embassy in Beijing hosted an exquisite Eid Mela to celebrate the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr on Wednesday. The event saw the participation of a large number of Pakistani families, children, students, embassy officials, and Chinese friends.

Organized by the Pakistan Embassy, the Eid Mela captured the spirit of joy, solidarity, and community. It provided a platform for attendees to come together and celebrate Eid with distinct Pakistani characteristics.On this auspicious occasion, Khalil Hashmi, the Ambassador of Pakistan to China, extended Eid greetings to members of the Pakistani community in China.

Highlights of the event included traditional Pakistani cuisine, desserts, and a range of activities designed for children. — DNA

Source: Online/GFMM

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