CPEC and Food Security

AS Pakistan has started facing critical shortage of wheat, sugar and some other agricultural products, officials have expressed the confidence that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will help address the looming food security challenge of Pakistan by introducing modern farming to enhance the country’s yield through agricultural cooperation.

It is for the relevant ministries and departments to analyze the situation and formulate plans for concrete cooperation between Pakistan and China in the agriculture sector but the two countries need to work together in the fields of seed technology, agricultural material and machinery, agricultural product processing and supporting service systems to promote the transformation and upgrading of the agriculture sector.

Cooperation in the field of modern agricultural equipment, seed industry, food processing and storage and animal and plant disease control has already helped improve the quality and production of various valuable crops and livestock products in Pakistan but the scope and magnitude of the cooperation needs to be expanded significantly in view of growing shortage of food items.

Secretary Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Syed Zafar Ali Shah, told Xinhua news agency in an interview that as a part of improving food security, this year more investment is being made in the water and agriculture sectors to increase our yield … all these sectors are strengths of China, which has shown great performance and productivity. Original Link: https://pakobserver.net/cpec-food-security-2/