Envoy assures China’s support for agriculture sector in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong met the Federal Minister of Industry and Production Syed Murtaza Mahmud in Islamabad on Thursday and exchanged views on a range of bilateral issues of mutual interest and cooperation.

The Chinese ambassador told the minister that China has provided financial assistance to flood-affected people through the Red Crescent Society and Chinese companies working in Pakistan are being mobilized to raise funds for this purpose.

The Minister said that the floods have cost the agricultural sector heavy losses in the flood-prone areas, especially different crops have been badly damaged.

Syed Murtaza Mahmud said that in order to improve Pakistan’s exports, the two countries can work together on long-term policies and exchange ideas regarding export zones, as 700 processing zones are operating in China while only 8 treatment areas are operational in Pakistan.

The minister said that Pakistan has great potential in the agricultural sector, especially fruits can be exported to China after their added value.

The Federal Minister stressed the need to increase the volume of chilli exports although Pakistan already exports chilli to China.

The Chinese ambassador assured the minister to support Pakistan’s agricultural sector with modern technology and skilled management to improve crop yield.

Murtaza Mahmud called on Chinese companies, already working in mobile manufacturing, automotive and other sectors in Pakistan, to bring more investment into our country as we have cheap and competitive labor for guarantee production costs.

The minister offered the ambassador to set up his industry in the 1,500-acre Dhabeji Special Economic Zone, manufacture products and export to the world.

Lana T. Arthur