Chinese delegation to visit PoK's Gilgit-Baltistan
May 08, 2023  22:21
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The Chinese delegation is all set to travel to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region next week to explore the options for buying and importing cherries, commercial counselor, Pakistan embassy, Beijing, Ghulam Qadir said, reported The Nation

Fifteen members of the delegation from China, basically Chinese buyers hailing from Xinjiang, Zhejiang and Shandong provinces as well as the Weifang area will arrive in the region on May 15, Qadir told APP

They will meet local farmers, and relevant officials and visit cherry orchards and inspect the quality of the exotic fruit, he added. 

Pakistan and China signed a cooperation protocol during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's visit to Beijing in November last year. 

Under the protocol, China will import cherries from Pakistan and help the local grower enhance production. Currently, China imports the bulk of its cherries from South American countries to meet growing demand. 

However, the transportation cost and time is a major predicament, reported The Nation

Qadir also said the annual demand of the Chinese market is around 350,000 metric tons but Gilgit-Baltistan produces around 5,000 metric tons of cherry per season. -- ANI
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