China and Pakistan enter new era of joint ventures amid closer trade ties
RELATIONS between Pakistan and China have warmed due to the difficult time that both the nations experienced earlier, according to Pakistan's ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi
RELATIONS between Pakistan and China have warmed due to the difficult time that both the nations experienced earlier, according to Pakistan's ambassador to China Naghmana Hashmi.
In an interview with China Economic Net (CEN), Ms Hashmi discussed some major developments and plans between the two countries, which included joint cooperation to combat locust plague, the China-Pakistan free trade agreement and the establishment of a meat cold chain, reported Karachi's Express Tribune.
She noted that 70 per cent of Pakistan's economy depends on agriculture, meaning agricultural science and technology play a decisive role in the country's social and economic development, Ms Hashmi said. She called for these two sectors to be urgently brought together under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for poverty alleviation and development.
The ambassador also expressed her views while talking about the two memorandums of understanding (MoUs), three exchanged certificates and one exchange of notes that were signed by the ambassador during the visit of President Dr Arif Alvi last week.
Ms Hashmi revealed that the three exchanged certificates and one exchange of notes are related to the coronavirus pandemic prevention supplies and equipment, along with the locust prevention and control MoU signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China and the Ministry of National Food Security and Research of Pakistan to boost cooperation on plant disease control.
'China, despite fighting the war against coronavirus, came out and supported Pakistan to the best of its ability to help us fight this unprecedented attack of locust,' she said.
Ms Hashmi said Pakistan's brown locust originates from Africa. The locust plague is mostly seen in east Pakistan and central Punjab, which are grain-producing areas.
'We are looking forward to setting up a research centre for pest control because the areas where we grow most of our staple crops are hot and humid in summer and this condition encourages different kinds of pests. Besides locust, research on mango and cotton pest outbreak would also be a good outcome of practical cooperation,' Ms Hashmi said.
Pakistan's kinnow has recently attracted Chinese netizens' attention. According to a report by CEN, 180,000 kinnows entered China for the first time in three years. Kinnow sellers on e-commerce platforms such as Taobao and JD recorded 6,262 per cent increase in additional orders on the same day.
'This is a variety that's unique in Pakistan. A lot of imported citrus fruits generally start to come to the market in December, meanwhile, export of our kinnows start during the mid or at the end of January,' Ms Hashmi said.
'I'm sure our Chinese friends will love our kinnows as much as they loved our mangoes last year; next year we will be organising a kinnow festival as well.'