Developing Green Agriculture to Help Pakistan Reduce Poverty – China Economic Net


by Wang Xiaotong

SHANGHAI, November 8 (China Economic Net) C The development of ecological agriculture is an important approach to reducing poverty, both in China and around the world. By establishing a comprehensive quality management system, it will not only improve the quality and reputation of agricultural products, but also greatly increase the income of farmers in an environmentally friendly way to achieve sustainable development, Liu Weijun, director of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, said at the 15th Belt and Road Forum on Eco-agriculture and Food Safety held at the 4th International Exhibition of import from China (CIIE).

The development of eco-organic agriculture to accelerate rural revitalization is discussed at the 15th Belt and Road Forum on Eco-agriculture and Food Security held at the 4th China International Import Expo (CIIE). [Photo/BREAFF]

In 2020, China achieved the goal of eradicating extreme poverty. The 98.99 million rural Chinese who lived below the current poverty line have all been lifted out of poverty.

He learned that in this success, 52 counties lifted themselves out of poverty by developing organic farming locally, said Liu Weijun.

According to him, Chinese local governments in various places such as Shandong and Yunnan provinces, etc. attach great importance to the development of organic farming. A number of demonstration and brand zones have been established across the country, which has significantly improved the income and quality of life for farmers.

Organic farming in China is advancing rapidly. Statistics show that in 2020, domestic sales of organic products reached RMB 80.4 billion, ranking fourth in the world, up nearly 20% from 2019, Liu Weijun said.

In September 2021, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan praised China for being a role model for developing countries in the fight against poverty. Sustainable ways to achieve economic recovery, growth and development are essential during the pandemic, the prime minister said.

Data shows that in the first half of 2021, China’s total agricultural import and export volume was $ 146.5 billion, an increase of 26.4 percent year-on-year. In particular, the import volume reached $ 108.1 billion, a year-on-year growth of 33.9 percent, testifying to China’s huge demand for overseas agricultural products.

China expects to import more green and high-quality agricultural products from countries along the Belt and Road, and is willing to share its experiences in poverty reduction and rural revitalization to kick start the economies and achieve common development, Jiang Jiang, deputy secretary general of the National Council of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) pointed out at the forum.

Pakistani nut products are on display at the ongoing China International Import Exhibition in Shanghai.[Photo/Chen Jiaqi]

Facilitated by the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Phase II, Pakistan’s exports to China in the first three quarters of 2021 soared to $ 2.52 billion, a growth of about 76% year-on-year, and that number is expected to exceed the $ 3 billion mark by the end of the year, according to Chinese customs. In particular, in the basket of exportable goods, agricultural products represent a significant share of Pakistani exports to China.

As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) enters its second phase, focused on improving the livelihoods of Pakistanis, more and more Chinese agricultural technologies are flowing into Pakistan. Through close agricultural cooperation within the Corridor, the development of organic agriculture can be a viable way for Pakistan to fight poverty and boost its agricultural exports to China, if not the whole world.


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