PAKISTAN BENEFITS FROM CHINESE MAIZE-SOYBEAN STRIP INTERCROPPING TECHNOLOGY: VC

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ISLAMABAD, May 8 (DNA): Vice Chancellor of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) Athar Mehboob visited demonstration of maize-soybean strip intercropping technology at Khairpur Tamewali, Bahawalpur.

According to China Economic Net (CEN), he explored all the demonstrative plots to check both crops’ growth and greenness. “We need to learn from our Chinese brothers how they modernize their agriculture and how they increase the yields with less resource,” he added.

Seeing Chinese agricultural technology’s successful localization in Pakistan, “here I want to say thanks to the Chinese President Xi Jinping who introduced China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to Pakistan,” Athar Mehboob said.

He also expressed gratitude to Professor Yang Wenyu of Sichuan Agricultural University, and Dr. Gu Wenliang, Agricultural Commissioner, Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, for their generous support.

Dr. Gu twitted about the visit that “I also have full confidence that this technology would change the edible oil production in Pakistan soon.”

“We desperately want to sign MoUs with Chinese universities to learn from their high-yielding experience.

We are ready to provide all the facilities to Chinese professors and scientists if they are interested to do any research in Pakistan.

We welcome Pak-China collaboration in all fields because it will finally benefit both peoples,” Athar Mehboob said. Besides maize and soybean, intercropping technologies are expected to be applied to cotton as well.

While taking with farmers, Athar Mehboob said they will provide help to farmers who are using and learning this intercropping technology. It’s learned that farmer days and field visits for farmers will be arranged soon.