The Chinese government will provide around 38 more agricultural drones to Pakistan in a few months to fight desert locust. The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs had donated the drones for prevention of desert locust to the Ministry of National Food Security and Research of Pakistan last month. According to a report of the China Economic Net (CEN) on Monday, earlier in June, a leading Chinese company expressed willingness to set up an industrial unit in Pakistan to manufacture drones that can be used to protect crops and control locust. “From factory construction, production, assembly, after-sales to personnel training, we can provide a full set of technical support to help Pakistan develop the drone manufacturing industry to quickly respond to various types of disasters,” said Du Jixiang, Chief Engineer, Beijing Andun Equipment Co. Ltd.
The government is negotiating with a mission of the Chinese aviation industry for the supply of aircraft to carry out aerial spray in the locust-affected areas. An official of Pakistan’s Ministry of National Food Security and Research said that Pakistan wanted to lease six aircrafts from Chinese Ministry of Civil Aviation to conduct aerial spray into locust affected areas. Although Pakistan is yet to deploy these drones to stop desert locusts, a wave of joy has been felt among Pakistani farmers. “It is indeed a piece of great news. China has provided drones to fight locust. It means we will be able to save our crops from locust soon, Ajmal Bhutta, a noted agriculturist based in Multan said over telephone. Desert locust is an international trans-boundary concern with major economic, social and environmental implications. As per estimate of officials of department of agriculture of Pakistan’s provinces of Sindh and Balochistan, the locust attack has damaged crops cultivated on 80,000 hectares of land besides causing serious damage to grazing fields and forest areas. In February this year, Pakistan declared national emergency to eliminate the attacking swarms of desert locust. “
The farmers are very worried as they have seen their crops being destroyed in front of their eyes. These farmers should be compensated, said Zahid Bhurguri, general secretary of the Sindh Chamber of Agriculture. “Almost all crops and non-crop plants are vulnerable and the insects are one of the biggest threats to food security,” he added. Two young Pakistanis college students have won the Chinese proficiency competition and will attend the finals and compete with outstanding Chinese language talents all over the world. Haider Abbas and Saira Banu won first and second places respectively in the “19th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition” for college students in Pakistan, according to China Economic Net (CEN) on Monday. A large-scale international annual event, the Chinese Bridge competition has been successfully held for 18 years since 2002. Nearly 1.5 million college and middle school students from 154 countries have participated in the preliminaries, among which over 6,500 have been invited to China for the finals. Moreover, more than 100 million TV viewers worldwide watch the competition each year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the competition in many countries was held via Internet. In Pakistan, every participant submitted a video to showcase his or her Chinese proficiency.
Haider Abbas and Saira Banu from the Confucius Institute in Islamabad gained high marks because of their excellent linguistic competence. “Pakistan and China are working collectively on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that brings thousands of jobs for bilinguals who are fluent in both languages. China is a leading country in the world of economy. The two nations are on good terms in trade, commerce, arts, culture, science and technology. These facts provide excellent opportunities to the Pakistani students to learn Chinese language to explore one of the largest growing economies and job markets in the world,” Haider Abbas explained why he suggested people to learn Chinese. Moreover, both of them have got satisfactory jobs related to Chinese language. “I got my first job as a Chinese language instructor and now I have many students in different cities of Pakistan, some of whom are even double of my age.
Currently I am working at a Chinese enterprise with a handsome salary. I am gaining great experience in translation and how to set up a new company, etc.,” Saira Banu said with a sense of accomplishment. “CPEC is opening many doors of employment for locals and also helping to boost up the economy of our country,” she said. When talking about the key to mastery of Chinese, Haider Abbas suggested that learning Chinese as a pictographic language and maximizing the interaction and communication with native Chinese speakers. Saira Banu thinks focusing on tones and phonemes is very important. Furthermore, watching Chinese dramas is also a way to speed up learning the language as well as the culture.