Pakistan to send 1,000 students to China’s agricultural hi-tech zone for advanced training

To bolster agricultural expertise, Pakistan government announced that it will sponsor 1,000 Pakistani students to receive advanced training at the Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Base in China. The initiative aims to equip students with the latest agricultural technologies and practices.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the Ambassador of Pakistan in China and other relevant officials to finalize this decision in consultation with Chinese authorities. The government will cover all expenses for the students’ training. Additionally, the Prime Minister has invited the North West Agriculture and Forestry University to establish a campus in Pakistan, assuring full support from the government for this endeavor.

During his visit to the Yangling Agricultural Demonstration Base, Prime Minister Sharif toured various sections and the Pakistani Pavilion, which showcases products from Pakistan. He was accompanied by Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Muhammad Aurangzeb, Attaulllah Tarar, Dr. Musadik Malik, and Rana Tanveer Hussain.

Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industrial Demonstration Base
Pakistan government announced sending a batch of 1,000 students to Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industrial Demonstration Base in Shaanxi province of China. (Image Credit: APP)

A briefing highlighted that 26 countries are collaborating on agricultural research at the base, with Pakistan being the pioneer in this cooperation. Pakistani scientists and universities are actively participating in the research projects conducted there.

Prime Minister Sharif emphasized Pakistan’s status as an agricultural country and expressed a keen interest in adopting innovations to increase agricultural yield per acre. The visit underscores the government’s commitment to enhancing agricultural productivity through international cooperation and advanced training.

Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industrial Demonstration Base

The Yangling Agricultural Hi-tech Industrial Demonstration Zone, established in 1997, is China’s first national-level zone dedicated to agricultural technology. It plays a crucial role in agricultural modernization, particularly in arid and semi-arid areas, and is a flagship project for agricultural cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The zone has established multiple agricultural science and technology demonstration parks in various countries and conducted numerous training programs benefiting over 2,000 trainees from developing countries.

This initiative is expected to significantly impact Pakistan’s agricultural sector, providing young professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to drive innovation and improve productivity.

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