Wang Yan – Latest News – The Nation
BEIJING – Chinese and Pakistani experts are trying to find cooperation opportunities to improve Pakistan’s mango production using state-of-the-art facilities and technologies.
“With our advanced agriculture, I believe that if there is an opportunity for cooperation, we can systematically improve the reduction in mango production in Pakistan due to extreme weather conditions,” said Wang Yan, general manager of Yangling Qingpita Garden Dragon fruit. Demonstration base, in an interview with China Economic Net.
He said that once the water and fertilizer integrated greenhouse is built, the service life is generally more than 15 years, with high economic benefits. “With global warming, extreme weather conditions are likely to occur more frequently in the future, a long-term stable growth environment can fundamentally minimize the damage caused by natural disasters.
In addition, the application of organic fertilizers to increase soil organic matter is also a top priority, as extreme weather conditions can also cause serious damage to topsoil. “If we can work with Iron Brother, we will start with the greenhouse and the ground, and take a two-pronged approach. Considering the relatively high cost of an integrated greenhouse, building a simple rain shelter with steel wire and plastic wrap may be a good choice for local farmers. When the weather is nice, the shelter can be taken down, and in extreme weather conditions such as storms and hail, they can unfold the plastic film “umbrella”. This inexpensive method can effectively protect trees. Regarding the misuse of fertilizers and pesticides in Pakistan, Wang Yan also offered his own opinions.
“In fact, heavy use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides can easily spoil the fruit. Therefore, we must reduce the use of chemical fertilizers so that organic farming methods such as fermented farmyard manure and returning straw to the field are worthy of promotion, which can also effectively cope. to the high price and shortage of local fertilizers. We are very willing to share our experience with Pakistani friends. Pakistani farmers desperately need modern orchard management techniques. Mohammad Rafi, a mango grower, said there was a dire need to introduce modern mango production techniques that could double production per acre in five years. “If the government can offer support, the average grower can increase production per hectare from 12 tons to 22-25 tons by focusing on modern orchard management practices.”
Except for planting technology, Wang Yan also proposed the processing of by-products as a useful way to improve the level of industrial development and increase income. “As a cash crop, mangoes have extremely high processing value. Juice, jam, dried fruits, fruit tea and other products are very popular. If the cooperation between China and Pakistan comes to fruition, we will also fully share the supporting technology of by-product processing. I believe that with modern management technology, the Pakistani mango industry will emerge from the difficult situation and usher in new opportunities.
| Pakistani farmers desperately need modern orchard management techniques