We Are Able to Get Higher Yields From Minimum Land Said Dr Yuan Yongbing

The Chinese nutrient management model could enable Pakistan
to achieve optimum yield out of a comparatively lower agricultural land, said
Dr Yuan Yongbing, Vice President of the Qingdao Agricultural University.
He made the suggestion while leading a delegation in a
meeting with Wang Zihai, President of the Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (PCJCCI), and Moazzam Ghurki, Vice President, at the chamber
premises on Monday.
The delegates were of the view that Pakistan being an
agricultural economy with vast arable land was still unable to utilize its
maximum potential, particularly due to the lack of modern infrastructure,
conventional cultivation methods and low-quality chemicals and fertilizers that
badly affected the yield.
Yuan pointed out that China had only 10% arable land and had
the challenge to feed 20% of the world’s population. “With the help of nutrient
management system devised by our agricultural research experts, we are able to
get higher yields from minimum land,” he said.
He also talked about the utilisation of non-hazardous,
eco-friendly and pesticide-free microbial compound fertilisers that were
effectively used in China to enhance crop yields. Similar microbial fertilisers
should be introduced in Pakistan to get maximum yield from the fields, he
He said China was ready to collaborate with Pakistan for
providing all modern agricultural facilities including equipment, experts and
In his presentation, PCJCCI Vice President Moazzam Ghurki
informed the delegation that Pakistan’s agricultural sector contributed about
24% of gross domestic product and employed 47% of the labour force.
“Most sub-sectors of agriculture have either remained static
or have declined over the last three decades, with the exception of livestock.
There is a considerable scope for improvement in the production and processing
of primary output,” he said.

Moazzam stressed that the government had already underlined
the need for revitalising the agricultural sector by improving crop
productivity and ensuring systematic application of advanced technology to
enhance profitability and competitiveness.

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