Speakers in an international conference said that both Pakistan and China were extending full mutual cooperation for the success of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). They expressed these views on the concluding session of 3-day Sino-Pak International Conference on Cotton, an Innovation in Cotton Breeding and Biotechnology held at Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA), here.
Chinese agri scientists said that China was ready to extend all possible help to resolve issues faced by cotton in Pakistan. Addressing the concluding session MNSUA VC Dr Asif Ali declared that the varsity would organize this conference annually.
He informed that they would try to ink material transfer agreement with China within a couple of years to be benefitted from its technology. Cotton was the prime crop of Pakistan, the VC said and added that holding of Sino-Pak conference was the first initiative for the betterment of the crop. He stated that he had got full cooperation of the Punjab government specially Provincial Agriculture Minister Naeem Bhabha and Secretary Ahmad Mehmood in this connection.
Dr Zhang Rui stated that both China and Pakistan were facing similar issues about cotton. She informed that weeds infestation, pests and diseases, lint quality, cotton pricing, climate changes, competing crops and farm labour were main issues the crops faced in China. Dr Zhang disclosed that they had produced more than 200 insect resistant verities of BT Cotton adding that they had introduced hybrid breeding by Three Line Technology for getting high quality cotton.
Director Research Dr Abid Mehmood said that Pakistani and Chinese agri scientists would work side by side for better production of cotton and to provide farmers best hybrid seeds. Over 50 research papers were read during the conference.—APP