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January 11, 2019

Use of modern technology stressed to promote agriculture exports

National

January 11, 2019

FAISALABAD: Research and development section of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) is encouraging Pakistani industrialists to launch maximum joint ventures with the Chinese investors.

In this connection, a proposal was under consideration to setup an office in China, said Engineer Ahmed Hassan, former vice president FCCI and chairman FCCI Standing Committee on R&D. He was talking to an eight-member delegation of Chinese investors here on Thursday.

He said that “One Belt, One Road” of China was a mega infrastructure initiative to enhance road connectivity across the world. In this regard, six corridors would be made in different continents, including CPEC in South Asia. “This project will provide easy access to the 72 per cent population of the world,” he added.

Hassan said that the industrial sector of Pakistan was using outdated technologies which were abandoned by the developed countries. “In this age of competition, we have to enhance quality with minimum production cost. Because of the old technology, our cost of production has made our surplus production uncompetitive in the international markets. The FCCI is constantly focusing on promotion of new technologies. The R&D section has floated a proposal to encourage maximum joint ventures based on latest and cost effective technologies. It will not only have a trickledown impact to downstream the industry but also help our industrialists improve their income and profit,” he added.

Pakistan is an agriculture country but its per acre yield is almost half as compared to the production in China. Use of old technology in the agriculture sector is also based on excessive and abuse of irrigation water, he said. He mentioned permanent tunnels for agriculture purposes in China, saying we are still using make-shift arrangements for tunnel farming. He said that Pakistan could strengthen its agriculture sector through Chinese experience and starts exporting value added agriculture products which are available in abundance in Pakistan. Regarding Special Economic Zone, Hassan said that a special economic zone had already been established at M3 Industrial Estate where new units were being established.

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