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China’s LTEC collaborates with Pakistani farmers to cultivate chili for export

Islamabad, 3 July 2024, (GNP): China’s LTEC International Agriculture Development Co., Ltd. reported its partnership with Pakistan’s chili farmers. The significant collaboration highlights cultivation of chilies on 10,000 acres of land, with the objective of export to China.

Earlier, LTECH has successfully harvested over 3 tonnes of its high-quality hybrid chilies across different areas in Pakistan including Sindh, Central and Southern Punjab.

Dr. Muhammad Adnan, Executive Manager of LTEC International Agriculture Development told that all the produced yield will be exported to China. He said, “This year, we have more than 10,000 acres under contract. We engage in contracts with local farmers, providing them with technical advisory services from nursery stages to harvesting and drying. At the end of the process, we buy back the chili from farmers at a premium price.”

TO give training sessions to local farmers, LTECH has set up model farm in chili-growing regions. In the last month, the training sessions were held in Multan, Lodhran, Jalalpur, Vehari, Jampur, and Layyah. These sessions showcased 90+ chili trial varieties and provided training on effective chili picking and drying techniques to ensure quality produce. Farmers were also guided on managing various field diseases.

“Our main objective is to increase chili acreage and produce quality chili for export, as Pakistan is not yet self-sufficient in dry chili production. Expanding its cultivation is our primary goal in Pakistan,” Dr. Adnan remarked. “In the future, alongside exports, we aim to establish a food industry in Pakistan related to chili products” he added.

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LTEC has been directly supervising chili cultivation on 3000 acres of land under contract since the 2020. For the year 2024, they have secured contracts for more land for cultivation, 10,000 acres, to meet the chili demand in Chinese market, and make Pakistan independent in chili production.

Chen Liyang, Director of LTEC International Agriculture Development highlighted the goals of the Chinese Chili Contract Farming Project in Pakistan, which aims to improve agricultural practices and foster economic growth.

He told, “through this initiative, we provide high-quality hybrid chili seeds, state-of-the-art production technology, and a supportive buyback program at competitive prices. This comprehensive support empowers farmers to focus on crop production while ensuring sustainability through balanced fertilizer application and eco-friendly farming techniques.”

“Our efforts have yielded significant results, with successful chili cultivation spanning thousands of acres in Pakistan. We are steadfast in our mission to make Pakistan a self-reliant producer of chili and to bolster foreign reserves through strategic export opportunities. We are committed to driving agricultural innovation, fostering sustainable development, and contributing to the economic prosperity of Pakistan,” Chen Liyang added.