ISLAMABAD: Pakistan gives high priority to China for collaboration in various sectors including for the development of agriculture for food security and poverty alleviation in the South Asia region. PARC also gives importance for cooperation in research and development of tropical and sub-tropical fruits with special focus on mango and their management.

This was stated by Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) while presiding over a meeting with four members Chinese delegation during their visit to Pakistan here at PARC headquarters.

The Chinese delegation led by Vice President, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS), Yunnan Province, P. R. China Zhanyi Wang and other members include Head of Tropical Fruit Centre, Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Cash Crops (ITSCC) Zhangguang Ni, Deputy Director, Xinping Luo and Senior Researcher (ITSCC-YAAS) Faming Zhang met with PARC senior scientists to discuss and identify potential areas for collaboration in agriculture.

On this occasion, Chairman PARC gave a presentation about PARC, its presence and set-ups in the provinces working in various ecologies and areas across the country. During his presentation, he said that China is very good in foods value additions, post-harvest technologies, agricultural engineering and other areas.

The senior scientists team of PARC comprising of DG NARC Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Member Plant Sciences Dr. Ahmad Bakhsh Mahar, Senior Director Horticultural Research and Development Institute Dr. Khalid Mahmood Qureshi, Director International Coordination Dr. Altaf Sher, Director Horticulture Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman, Director Crop Dr. Muhammad Asim, National Coordinator Wheat Dr. Atiq-ur-Rehman Rattu and Director PR and Protocol Sardar Ghulam Mustafa participated in the meeting and highlighted PARC achievements in various fields of agriculture. Dr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman explained the purpose of the visit of the Chinese delegation to Pakistan.

The Chinese delegation showed their special interest in sharing of mango germplasm besides for collaboration in other tropical and subtropical fruits. Before meeting, they have visited National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) and its institute of Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI), Gene-Bank, citrus screen house and other field crops area. They were very much impressed from PARC scientists research work and experiments of various horticultural and field crops at the centre. At the end of meeting, PARC Shields were awarded to Chinese delegations.

The Chinese delegation during their visit to Pakistan would also visit Sargodha citrus production area and Multan for mango production area to finalize their collaboration.

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