Pakistan, China sign agri-cooperation DoU

Documents of Understanding (DoU) were signed last week at Weifang by the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Weifang Engineering Vocational College, Qingzhou Municipal Government, and Weifang National Comprehensive Pilot Agriculture Zone in an effort to advance strategic cooperation between China and Pakistan in industry-university research on modern agriculture.

With an emphasis on building the entire agricultural industry chain, deep processing of agricultural products, and related industrialization, the four parties agreed to work together to promote agricultural technology cooperation within the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

In his speech at the event, NUST Pro Rector Academics Dr. Osman Hassan noted that the agriculture sector in the South Asian region is struggling with low productivity, supply shortages, low returns to farmers, lack of advanced technology, and a lack of trained professionals, which threatens our food security.

The livelihood and wellbeing of the populace are intimately correlated with these issues, particularly in Pakistan, an agro-economic nation with enormous potential for crop production and agricultural science research.

According to him, NUST was now engaged in research projects involving precision agriculture, multispectral crop field sensing, agricultural 3D printing and scanning applications, early pathogen identification, and plant disease management.

However, the lack of research on sustainable agricultural resource management systems continues to be a major obstacle for us. I firmly believe that the agreements will be essential in closing these gaps.

When underlining the practical steps, Dr. Hussain Ahmad Janjua, Principal of the Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences at NUST, stated that “food processing and preservation is a critical topic for both countries.”