PAK-China Joint Cotton Research Laboratory to be established
- Govt of Punjab proposed new agricultural sector projects for CPEC socio-economic development framework.
- A cotton research laboratory would be established in Multan to improve the productivity of the agriculture sector.
- The lab would also help in the development of climate-resilient cotton varieties.
New agricultural sector development projects have been proposed for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Socio-Economic Development Framework.
The government of Punjab has proposed new agricultural sector projects for CPEC socio-economic development framework and under this framework, a joint cotton research laboratory would be established in Multan, at a cost of Rs.186 million.
PAK-China joint cotton research laboratory will be helpful in improving the productivity of the agriculture sector. With the help of the laboratory, climate-resilient cotton varieties will be also developed.
By lowering the need to invest in insecticides and pesticides, the project will help farmers as well. It will also help in alleviating poverty in rural Punjab.
Quality control of pesticides and Pest warning is another project that would be located in Sahiwal, Sargodha, D.G. Khan, and Bahawalpur.
The project would benefit farmers by increasing their livelihoods and standard of living and ensure them greater crop security through increasing epidemic resilience.
The new project is expected to complement the IPM programs of the Agriculture Department and will help Punjab through its compliance with Sustainable Development Goals.
China to provide $1billion under framework:
China had agreed to provide Pakistan with a grant of $1billion under the socio-economic development framework for initiating various projects across the country, particularly in under-developed areas.
A Chinese team will arrive in Pakistan this month to visit all project sites and give final approval to the projects.
Pakistan and China have made strides, particularly in developmental projects. Furthermore, three motorway projects of CPEC are almost ready for their opening but the National Highway Authority hasn’t decided their final dates of the inauguration.