ISLAMABAD: China is planning to set up agricultural research and demonstration centres in Pakistan.
Talking to the Ambassador of China Liu Jian at the Prime Minister House, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday requested Jian to set up centres for BT cotton in Multan, textiles in Faisalabad, rice in Gujranwala and wheat in other areas of the country.
Gilani also discussed his forthcoming visit to China in the second half of May. Gilani directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold meetings with all relevant departments to focus on energy, power generation, infrastructure, communications, and reconstruction of the flood-affected areas and agricultural sectors.
He directed the relevant ministries and departments to report on the current status of implementation of all the decisions taken during the Chinese premier’s visit to Pakistan last year.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 23rd, 2011.