In the backdrop of agricultural cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) phase-II, a first-of-its-kind Pakistan-China Friendship Farm has been inaugurated with fervour and fanfare.
Acting Consul General of China in Lahore Peng Zhengwu, in collaboration with provincial lawmaker Muneebul Haq and a federal lawmaker, unveiled the Friendship Farm in Okara.
He was accompanied by a Chinese delegation comprising consulate officials and representatives of Chinese companies. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Zhengwu said that relevant theoretical framework for the Pakistan-China Friendship Farm will be designed and strategised in consultation with agro-based Chinese companies and Pakistani farmers and traders in the coming days.
He said that currently the Friendship Farm would only have its symbolic presence.
“With joint efforts, both Chinese enterprises and Okara agriculturists will shape up the farm into a physical platform for the groundbreaking of their agricultural joint ventures,” he added. He said that it was an initiative to provide a chance to let Pakistani and Chinese traders and farmers to put their action together to lay the foundation of modern agriculture in Pakistan.
The Chinese delegation, headed by Peng Zhengwu, was invited for the visit by MNA and President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Kissan Wing Riazul Haq Jui, MPA Muneebul Haq and senior PML-N member Fiaz Zafar.
MPA Haq and PML-N senior member Zafar, while addressing the gathering, remarked that Pakistan-China friendship was stronger than the Himalayas and was not to be weakened at any cost.
He demanded Okara to be made a twin city with a Chinese city and the setting up of an industrial park. He also requested that Okara should be turned into a solar city and called for the formation of an agricultural forum in the city.
Acting Consul General of China in Lahore Peng Zhengwu and his delegates were presented with shields at the end to commemorate the occasion.
The Chinese delegation was comprised of Zhengbang Agriculture Pakistan Pvt Ltd GM Zhang Shilu, Zhengbang Farm Pakistan Pvt Ltd GM Shi Linkun, Sichuan Litong Food Co, Ltd Administrative Director Zhang Hongjian, Hubei Huimin Agriculture Technology Co Ltd GM Wang Qiang, Challenge Apparels Limited GM Chen Yan and Administrative Director Fei Baoming.
The article originally appeared on the China Economic Net
Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2021.