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Chinese Ministry of Agriculture to launch a study centre at MNSUA to curb water shortage in Pakistan

Under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Chinese Agriculture Ministry will set up an Evapotranspiration Research Centre at the Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Schezin University (China) and the MNSUA had been signed last week, said Professor Dr Shafqat Saeed, Dean Faculty of the Agriculture and Environmental Science, MNSUA.

A three-member delegation of the Schezin University visited the MNSUA and signed the MoU.

Dr Shafqat Saeed said the agriculture sector was facing a shortage of water, adding that water was saline in some areas in the country which was also affecting the agriculture productivity.

The new research centre would be functional in the next few months, Dr Shafqat Saeed said. He added that the Chinese agriculture ministry would issue funds for the centre.

A delegation of teachers would also visit the Schezin University in January and review researches to deal with water scarcity issues, he told. The centre would also focus on proper utilisation of barren and deserted land for agriculture purposes, Dr Shafqat Saeed said. He added that the centre would be a blessing for the country’s agriculture sector which would also help reduce expenses on irrigation besides improving agriculture productivity.

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  1. People say,Y is the sugar industry run by mafias and politicians ?

    Y ?

    1st people have to understand that the sugar industry is based on the thesis,that cane is the easiest and highest risk adjusted return,for the farners – and to keep farners from starting a Tahrir or joining ISIS. Hence,over supply of cane and over-production of sugar,is an accepted reality of cane farming,in Pakistan

    This ensures perpetual raw material supply for the mill,and a PASS THROUGH of all costs to the state – on a defacto basis.Defacto basis,is key,as there is no contractual arrangement for the pass through – which is a threat to the economic security of the state,as the mill owner can create shortages,spikes and supply and payments crisis and easily manufacture repetitive, but ingenious reasons for debt waivers,tax reliefs,export subsidies and drawbacks.

    Excess cane production and sugar,is the disaster scenario for the Pakistani state.If there is a bad crop,international sugar prices would not rise,to an extent,to make imports on a duty free basis, costlier than the NSR to the sugar mill. In fact,the imported sugar could be sold at a profit to dealers,to more than offset the indirect tax revenue earned, by the state,on cane purchases by mills (mandii/purchase tax) and sale of sugar by mill (excise and sales and VAT tax)

    Y is the mafia required in sugar ? dindooohindoo

    Phase 1

    To start strikes in mills of competitors
    To divert raw material supplies of competitors
    To set fire to bagasse stock of competitors
    To monopolise truckers for mill logistics
    To choke off the logistics for the mill competitors
    To break unions in workers and truckers

    For the above,a mill owner needs the support of the police,mafia and the neta

    Phase 2

    To manipulate raw material supplies,as under:

    To downgrade and reject materials purchases
    To delay purchase payments w/o delayed interest
    To pick and choose cane suppliers
    To tamper quality,moisture and weighnent tests
    Using dummy names to route purchases from captive plantations
    Route farmer purchases,as captive plantation purchases
    To run a racket of farmers cane bills discounting
    To organise dharnas/riots/logistics blockades, with the aid of farrners
    To charge financial conversion charges for payments to farrners in cash

    For the above,a mill owner needs the support of the police,mafia and the neta

    Phase 3

    To recover the costs of fire insurance and LOP insurance, there are accidental fires in bagasse stocks – once in 5 years, to recover,in bogus claims – the aggregate premiums paid over 5 years

    Phase 4

    To con the state in export subsidies and drawbacks
    To con the state w.r.t CDR/OTS with banks
    To con the state w.r.t capital and interest subsidies
    To tamper the power consumption meters of CPP and power from grid – which is the only forensic proof of production

    Phase 5

    Bogus exports to eat up the subsidy and drawbacks – from land dry ports and sea ports
    Routing exports proceeds on actual and bogus exports,via hawala and other modes
    Manipulating cost,production and stock records to inflate costs,make off the books sales and purchases and hide stocks of finished goods
    Selling bagasse in cash,instead of selling power to the grid
    Creating shortages and spikes in prices of raw and processed/refined sugar Make fake cash purchase bills to generate cash for the sugar mill

    For all the above,you need the mafia and the neta, AND also, since the farnmers are voters for the netas.Since the netas cannot outsource the political risk of the cane souring and payments,to a private party – and that,it is a no-loss, monopoly business,the netas are in the sugar mills,and will stay so,forever.

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