Zhang Qin – Latest News – The Nation
ISLAMABAD – Chairman of the International Exchange and Cooperation Branch of the China Seed Association, Zhang Qin, said a new variety of rice will be introduced with the cooperation of Chinese scientists to be cultivated in Pakistan and could be used for both grain and fodder.
“Pakistan is a major rice producing and exporting country. High quality and high yielding Chinese rice varieties have been widely promoted in Pakistan. Pakistan has enough sunshine and fewer plant diseases and pests, which makes it easier to get high yields,” said Zhang Qin, also CEO of Win-all Hi-Tech Seed Co., Ltd. Win-all Hi-Tech has been doing seed cooperation with Pakistan for almost 25 years. “We entered the Pakistani market in 2007. The growth period of the first variety we introduced in Pakistan was 20 days shorter than that of the local variety, and the production is more than 100% higher. This caused a big stir among rice farmers in Sindh, Pakistan at the time, she told China Economic Net (CEN).
Zhang Qin said the company is now cooperating with scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to cultivate a new variety of rice that can be used for both grain and fodder. They are using the brittle stubble genes and efficient nitrogen use to transform current rice varieties so that the grain of the plants can be eaten by humans and the straw can be fed to cattle and sheep. “Now we are intensively testing this dual-purpose rice variety in China. The straw is very tasty for livestock. Lambs, in particular, gain weight quickly from eating them. Such a breed can greatly improve land use. Pakistan is also a country where livestock farming is developed.
Zhang Qin said their next step is to combine this technology with varieties suitable for cultivation in Pakistan. “I think this type of rice will be promoted in Pakistan in the near future.”
“In the next step, we will use China’s advanced molecular breeding technology to cultivate new rice varieties with excellent characteristics such as heat resistance, nitrogen utilization efficiency and tolerance. to herbicides. Our goal is to provide Pakistani farmers with rice varieties that are tasty, high yielding, easy to grow, disease resistant and suitable for mechanization,” she added. In the first quarter of this fiscal year, rice exports from Pakistan increased by 17.5% to $423 million. According to Shamsul Islam Khan, Vice President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce, “Since we started importing high yielding Chinese rice seed, farmers who used to produce 40 to 50 mounds are now producing 100 mounds. in Pakistan has improved a lot and we are exporting rice.