Because of the importance of the Agriculture in the national economy, food security and in alleviation of poverty for Pakistan, it has been included as area of cooperation in the Long-Term Plan of China Pakistan Economic Corridor.” said Mr. Sartaj Aziz while presiding over a meeting with Chinese delegation led by Mr. Dend Ben Tai, Vice Chairman of Standing Committee regarding Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.
Mr. Sartaj Aziz welcomed the delegation and said its good time to enhance the level of cooperation in various sectors including agriculture, which has great potential, under the on-going CPEC projects. Previously, agriculture sector was over 50% contributor of Pakistan’s GDP and now it’s around 20% with average growth rate of over 4 % in last 40 years. He said irrigation system and green revolution played effective role in maintaining high growth rate and it helped Pakistan in self-sufficiency of food. In the 21st century and onward the growth momentum have not been maintained largely due to low investments and technology penetration.
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission said Pakistan has great potential to export dairy products and meat to China to help meets its high food demands. In this regard, China can facilitate in production and processing of food items as per their requirement and need by emphasizing on livestock and horticulture sector. Therefore, Pakistan also wants to develop overall agriculture with the technical assistance of China to achieve productivity as per potential of the sector.
Mr. Dend Ben Tai said that China is also interested in enhancing level of cooperation in agriculture sector with Pakistan and the recommendations will be forwarded to joint working group of CPEC to proceed further in these sectors. This would enable both the countries to start working together to achieve the set goals.