Liu Jianming, Deputy Party Secretary and Deputy Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, announced that China is set to extend support to Pakistan by providing top-quality, disease-resistant, high-yield hybrid seeds for cotton, canola, and wheat crops. 

The objective is to achieve robust crop production while simultaneously addressing the escalating demands of the textile industry and earning essential foreign exchange. During his visit to the head office of Guard Agricultural Research and Services, he emphasised, “We aim for enhanced crop production through modern mechanised agricultural farming,” according to a news release. 

Furthermore, Liu affirmed that China will collaborate with Pakistan in the production of cotton hybrid seeds, encompassing sunflower, maize, sesame, and other varieties. He also mentioned that China would share its successful experience with “Water Saving Technology.” 

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Expressing appreciation for the research activities of Guard Agriculture Research, Liu stated that all nine members of the delegation were keenly interested and extended an invitation to visit China for one-on-one interactions with stakeholders. 

Liu asserted, “Together, we can leverage the power of innovation to address the challenges confronting the agricultural sector in Pakistan,” underscoring China’s readiness to provide technical expertise, research collaboration, and necessary resources for the development of cutting-edge hybrid seeds. 

Highlighting the significance of the agriculture sector, he mentioned that China is eager to support Pakistan in hybrid seeds, with the shared goal of enhancing crop productivity and contributing to sustainable agricultural practices. Deputy Consul General Cao Ke was also present during the occasion. 

According to APP, earlier in the event, Shahzad Ali Malik, CEO of Guard Agri, extended a warm welcome to the visiting delegation. He informed them, “We are pioneers in developing the first-ever Guard Hitech hybrid rice seed, which not only doubled production but also significantly increased farmers’ profitability in Pakistan.” 

Malik mentioned that Guard Agri has been actively engaged in research since 1999 in collaboration with the Longping Chinese Company. He added that their rice is exported to 41 countries across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. The CEO emphasised ongoing research in rice, wheat, cotton, maize, oilseed, and vegetables in various stations across Punjab and Sindh provinces. 

“Pakistan aims to enhance the production of all crops through modern technology and Chinese expertise,” Malik stated, expressing gratitude to the Chinese delegation for visiting Pioneer Company. He accepted their invitation to visit Xinjiang Province for further cooperation and collaboration in the agriculture sector. 

Subsequently, Liu and Shahzad exchanged souvenirs to mark the occasion.