‘Pak-China hybrid rice, a model of agricultural cooperation’


Unquestionably hybrid rice is a model of China-Pakistan agricultural cooperation in Sindh province,” said Zhou Xusheng, Director of Pakistan Business Department, Wuhan Qingfa Hesheng Seed Co., Ltd., a Chinese developer and provider of hybrid seeds.

Qingfa Hesheng has been providing hybrid seeds of rice, canola and vegetables to Pakistan for nearly twenty years, as well as training more than 300 local agricultural personnel. In particular, it registered the first hybrid rice variety -QY0413 in the history of Pakistan.

“It may take three years for the rice export, which is an important means for Pakistan to earn foreign exchange, to recover,” Zhou told China Economic Net (CEN) on Friday.

“However, we have preparation for such situations. First, the stress resistance of crop varieties should be improved. Second, seed production can be carried out separately in Pakistan and China, spreading risk in the face of extreme weather. Currently, our test fields are located in Lahore, Chiniot, Shikarpur, Golarchi.”

“Except for floods, extreme high temperatures brought about by climate change are also difficulties that must be overcome in the upgrading of Pakistan’s rice industry. The annual average temperature here is much higher than that in China’s main rice climate zone.