The Gansu Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Sindh Agriculture University of Tandojam, Pakistan officially signed a memorandum of understanding for the China-Pakistan flax research and innovation hub.
Start from September 2020, Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, has launched a work task to establish flax stress-resistance and breeding foreign intellectual achievements demonstration and promotion base. The MoU, as the fruit, was signed through online linked by Dr. Ma Zhongming, President of the GAAS, and Prof. Dr. Fateh Mohammad Maree, Vice Chancellor of Sindh Agriculture University of Tandojam.
Both parties agreed to encourage the transfer of a series of modern agricultural technologies from GAAS to SAU, including innovation and cultivation techniques of fruit germplasm resources in cold and arid regions, cultivation of flax and molecular breeding, forage sorghum cultivation and feeding technique, breeding and release of new cultivars in cold and arid regions: cotton, rape, flax, small miscellaneous grains, etc., as well as education and training of agriculture talents in cold and arid areas.
To be more specific, GAAS and SAU are going to organize joint research programs, conferences and training workshops, but also exchange of the faculty, graduates (Masters and Ph.D. students) on scholarship. Besides, exchange of academic materials and periodicals are indispensable as well.