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China Focus: Sci-tech collaboration empowers Belt and Road Initiative - Xinhua

Last updated Wednesday, November 8, 2023 09:02 ET

CHONGQING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Wajahi Hussain, a Pakistani student newly enrolled at Southwest University, Chongqing, is diligently immersing himself in the study of a unique potato variety, with a view to taking part in laboratory experiments.
He is pursuing a master's degree at the university, but his ultimate aim is to introduce this high-yield potato variety into his country.
Named Red Rose, the variety was developed by Southwest University for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) participating countries. According to Hussain, the yield of this variety is more than 30 percent higher than that of local potatoes in Pakistan.
The potato seedlings are now growing vigorously in a laboratory at the university's Integrative Science Center of Germplasm Creation in Western China (Chongqing) Science City.
"After completing my studies, I will go back to my country to work on potato crops and develop new varieties that will benefit the public and my country," Hussain said.
In 2020, a Belt and Road international innovation institute of potato industry was established as a collaboration between Southwest University, the International Potato Center-China Center for Asia Pacific and over 10 BRI countries, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Egypt and Iran. The institute is dedicated to joint efforts on germplasm creation, utilization and promotion.
Under the initiative, China has shared advanced technologies for potato cultivation and seed-potato quality control with participating countries,...

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