Pakistan and China to launch 13 mega projects under CPEC

Pakistan and China to launch 13 mega projects under CPEC

ISLAMABAD - The Federal Government, in collaboration with China, is going to launch 13 mega projects in the agriculture sector. Pakistan has also sought technical assistance from New Zealand to improve dairy production.

The Chinese Delegation of China Machinery Engineering Cooperation (CMEC) called on Federal Minister for National Food Security & Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan yesterday in Islamabad.

The delegation said that CMEC is looking forward to collaborating through “Pak-China Modern Agriculture Comprehensive Development Project” and under the project, China will assist provide technical and financial support for poverty alleviation, in line with the current government’s goals.

The delegation also said that Pakistan has the best environment, water reservoirs and abundant labor which can be exploited to maximize the agriculture output.

Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan said that due to the lack of requisite technology, Pakistan is lagging behind in value addition and processing. The joint venture in this regard and adaption of best practices in the field of agriculture would help Pakistan tap its agro resources/commodities.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Food Security is processing a memorandum of understanding between PARC and CMEC, the delegation added.

Under CPEC both Pakistan and China have gone beyond the traditional level of cooperation from assistance in crop farming, cattle farming and mechanization to food storage and export.