MULTAN, (APP): Pakistan and China would touch new heights of friendship through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) VC Dr. Tahir Amin. Speaking as chief guest at a three-day Sino-Pak International Conference an Innovation on Cotton Breeding and Bio-Technology at the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSAU) here on Wednesday, Dr. Tahir Amin, said China had been a friend in need since early 1950 terming it a time-tested friendship.
He informed that it was the responsibility of a university to produce knowledgeable students locally and contribute at the national level and to be part of international research culture. The VC announced that the BZU in collaboration with the MNSUA would organize international conferences and workshops in future. Dr. Tahir Amin lauded the services being rendered by MNSUA VC, Dr. Asif Ali for the betterment of the varsity. Addressing the seminar, Dr. Zhang Rui stated that both China and Pakistan were facing similar issues about Cotton.
She said that weeds infestation, pests, and diseases, lint quality, cotton pricing, climate changes, competing for crops and farm labor were main issues the crops face in China. Dr. Zhang disclosed that they had produced more than 200 insect resistant verities of BT Cotton adding that they had introduced hybrid breeding by Three Line Technology for getting high-quality cotton. The Agri scientist underlined the need of joining hands for further international cooperation.
In his welcome address, MNSUA VC Dr. Asif Ali highlighted a number of steps taken the varsity for development of the agriculture sector. He apprised the participants about ongoing developments projects in the varsity, including the signing of MoUs, with different international organizations. He said that they were planting fruity and shady trees at new campus to enhance the beauty of the campus. PML-N Mazhar Abbas Raan, Dr. Noorul Islam, Dr. Asif Majeed and Dr. Abul Salam also spoke. A large number of scientists, farmers, faculty members and students attended the conference.