China new varieties can help enhance rice production in Pakistan: Xu Jianlong

BEIJING: To solve the current problems of rice production in Pakistan, new varieties can be introduced from China for trial planting.

Pakistan can also introduce China’s advanced agricultural machinery and planting technology suitable for small farmers to help them increase rice production, said Xu Jianlong, chief scientist of rice molecular design technology in the Institute of Crop Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

There is a popular saying that farming accounts for roughly 70 percent of human water consumption, and water used in rice fields account for 70 percent of the entire agricultural water consumption, he said in an interview.

Drought-resistant varieties in China can save about 30 percent of water. Under drought conditions, drought-resistant varieties can also grow normally and avoid yield losses, he added.