China, Pakistan to step up agriculture cooperation.

BEIJING -- China-Pakistan Apiculture Forum was held tin Changsha, China, days ahead of the World Bee Day which falls on Sunday.

The Forum is also a core part of the Training Course on Beekeeping and Honey Processing Technology for Pakistan which was undertaken by an agricultural group in Hunan Province, China and takes place from May 10 to May 23, 2023, China Economic Net reported.

On the Forum, Pang Chunxue, Charge de Affairs of the Embassy of the PRC in Pakistan shared that Chinese government is happy to share the advanced technology of beekeeping and honey-processing with Pakistani people to promote the beekeeping industry and improve people's lives.

"The honey produced in Pakistan enjoys a good reputation for its unique taste and high quality for a long time, but has been suffering from problems of low production, low price, and small scale. China has a history of beekeeping for more than 2,000 years and is one of the earliest countries in the world to raise bees", she introduced.

Both China and Pakistan possess rich beekeeping traditions and have the potential to revolutionize this sector through collaborative efforts.

In 2019, each beekeeper brought 11.7 kg of honey in Pakistan on average, while the world average is 20.6 kg. FAO statistics show that about 390,000 people in Pakistan are involved in beekeeping and produce over 4,000 tons of honey annually. However, if modern production technologies and standard production procedures are adopted, the country's honey production is expected to surge to 70,000 tons a year and create about 87,000 green jobs.

According to Ms. Nadia Rehman, Member Food Security and Climate Change, Planning Commission of Pakistan, both countries can engage in knowledge exchange, research partnerships, and technology transfer to fully realize the potential of...

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