LAHORE: Considering the exportable surplus after catering for Pakistan’s domestic consumption – around 2.5 million MT – Pakistan can export around 3.75 million tonne rice to China annually, said Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) President Shah Faisal Afridi.
He said that the 244 percent increase in rice export to China during the last two years shows that the country is one of the choice destinations for Pakistani rice exporters.
Talking to Ruidalong Import and Export Company Chairman Alex Pan, along with his Marketing Manager Michael Wan, Faisal Afridi said that in Pakistan, new hybrid rice varieties are being developed which would give maximum yield by utilising minimum input costs during water scarcity.
He said the Rice Research Institute had developed new techniques to cultivate rice through a broadcasting system, instead of manual sapling plantation. Under the new technique, if farmers succeed in planting 80,000 plants in a field, they will get 6-8 maunds more production besides saving input costs up to Rs 14,000 per acre. This technique is not only cheaper, but also helps save 30-35 percent irrigation water, he added.
Afridi has initiated an exclusive move to double the exports of rice to China within a year.
If sustained efforts are made to market Pakistani rice to China, the dream of exporting around 10 million tonnes of irri-6 rice would be transformed into a reality in the near future, he said. The president of the chamber said that the response displayed by the Chinese importers for Pakistani rice is overwhelming compared to rice from Thailand and Vietnam.
He observed that Pakistan’s rice industry is not showing its full potential due to some internal barriers related to planning and strategic implementations.
Keeping the current rice market scenario in view, he said that the rice exporters deserve the same government patronage as the textile industry to develop as one of the major foreign-exchange earning sector.
Source: The NEWS