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China, Pakistan to boost cooperation in agriculture, water conservancy
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09:17, February 22, 2009

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Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visited central China's Hubei province here Saturday, focusing on expanding cooperation in agriculture and water conservancy.

Zardari attended a cooperation forum on agriculture and water resources, saying that the cooperation in the two fields, as basics of life, was important for the Pakistan-China relationship.

According to the Hubei Provincial Seed Group Company, many of their hybrid paddy varieties and varieties of other crops have been in trial use in many south and southeast Asian countries, including Pakistan.

President Zardari witnessed the signing of a new cooperation document of hybrid seed between the Hubei company and Pakistan's Sindh Province, together with other three cooperation memorandums of hybrid rapeseed, port engineering and friendly exchanges between Hubei and Sindh Province.

"The utilization and widespread of hybrid seed technology will allow Pakistan's agriculture production to reach the highest level in the history," said Kamal Mjidullah, assistant to the Pakistani prime minister in water resources, at the forum.

With the help of China's hybrid seed, Pakistan's rice output will increase significantly, and the cooperation program will conduce to the improvement of Pakistani farmers' livelihood and poverty reduction, Mjidullah noted.

"These cooperation documents signed today are very important," the president said when meeting with Hubei Governor Li Hongzhong. Remarkable achievements have been made by the central China province in agriculture and water resources, and Pakistan is eager to learn its advanced experience and technology in these fields, Zardari noted.

Hubei leads the country for its hydropower generation and is an important base of grain production. The world famous Three Gorges Project is located in the province.

"Water is precious for the whole world. One of the important purposes of my visit here is to learn how to transform the rich water resources into hydropower," the president said.

He is scheduled to visit the Three Gorges Project on Sunday to study its management and technology.

Hubei and Pakistan enjoy long-term friendly exchanges and cooperation in various areas. The bilateral trade volume in last year reached 56.9 million U.S. dollars.

Zardari and his delegation arrived here Friday evening, kicking off his second China visit.

Source: Xinhua

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