Sichuan kiwifruit training program ignites Pak-China cooperation
Last Updated: 2023-12-26 14:14 | Gwadar Pro
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CHENGDU, Dec 26 (Gwadar Pro) - In December, Ministry of Science and Technology of China, in collaboration with the Sichuan Provincial Academy of Natural Resources Sciences, organized a 15-day international training program on kiwifruit industry technology in Chengdu and Deyang, two cities in Sichuan province, China. Twenty agricultural experts from Pakistan, Egypt and other Belt and Road countries participated in the training, exchanging knowledge on kiwifruit breeding, cultivation, pest control, post-harvest storage and preservation techniques.
China is the birthplace of kiwifruit, and Sichuan is the second-largest kiwifruit producing region in China. With over 40 years of development, Sichuan has cultivated kiwifruit on an area of 750,000 acres, with an annual production of 440,000 tons. During the training period, the members visited numerous local kiwifruit farms, where they had the opportunity to taste the distinctive red-fleshed and yellow-fleshed kiwifruit varieties. They also had the chance to visit the China-New Zealand Kiwifruit Joint Laboratory.
Wang Yongzhi, Deputy Director of the Sichuan Provincial Academy of Natural Resources Sciences, emphasized the importance of international scientific and technological cooperation. In 2014, the academy established the China-New Zealand Kiwifruit Joint Laboratory in partnership with the New Zealand Royal Institute of Plant and Food Research. “Over the past decade, the joint laboratory has achieved remarkable milestones in kiwifruit breeding, cultivation techniques and disease control. The laboratory has independently developed kiwifruit varieties that have been approved in 11 countries, including Italy and Chile, covering an area exceeding 3,500 hectares.” He added.
The collaborative laboratory model has drawn the attention of Allah Warayo Rind, Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture in Sindh Province, Pakistan. He was also deeply impressed by the advanced technologies of kiwifruit cultivation and cold chain system in Sichuan. He stated, "During our visits to many farms in Sichuan, we have seen the methods that China uses for kiwifruit cultivation, preservation, and sales. These experiences can all be replicated in Pakistan. In Pakistan, kiwifruit mainly relies on imports, and it’s expensive. extensive domestic cultivation can make kiwifruits more affordable for consumers." 
At present, China and Pakistan have initiated collaboration in the kiwifruit industry, with numerous kiwifruit seeds sourced from China being planted by Pakistani farmers. Allah Warayo Rind believes that the training program can serve as a promising starting point for deeper cooperation between Pakistan and China in the kiwifruit industry, which could potentially involve joint researches, cooperation agreements, and the exchange of experts.
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(Editor:Liao Yifan)

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Sichuan kiwifruit training program ignites Pak-China cooperation
Source:Gwadar Pro | 2023-12-26 14:14
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