President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday sought Chinese assistance in hydel, thermal and solar power generation to overcome Pakistans power crisis and invited Chinese companies to carry out feasibility study in the country. After a presentation on small and medium sized dams, water conservation and irrigation by Zhejiang Design Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power, the President said Pakistan is peculiarly energy deficient country. We need solar power for individual housing units and I want the Chinese to carry out study in Pakistan, the President remarked after the presentation. President Zardari said that Pakistan was ready to provide Chinese companies every assistance they need to set up power units that are not only cheap but also feasible for housing as well as commercial units. Earlier, Li Yueming the president of the institute said they had also carried out studies of couple of medium sized dams in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and constructed over 100 such dams around the world, specially in Africa, South America and Turkey. He said the projects initiated by his institute are cost effective and environment friendly. China never seizes to surprise me, President Asif Ali Zardari remarked after the presentation. Later, Chairman Wapda Shakeel Durrani said Chinese companies are already working on a number of hydel projects in Pakistan including Neelum Jhelum, Gomal Zam and Mangla raising. He said the institute would be invited to bid for construction of 12 small dams in Pakistan which are ready for construction. In a meeting with President Zardari, President Zhejiang Zhengtai Solar Energy Science and Technology Company Yang Liyou said his company was ready to carry out solar power generation in Pakistan as it has plenty of sunlight available throughout the year. President Zardari said he would like his company to come to Pakistan and start small and medium size solar power generating units as they are not only cheap but less costly to maintain. He said Pakistan offers great investment opportunities and the companies from China would be given every facility to set up their projects. Later, Yang Liyou said that his company specializes in small solar power units for homes and industries and bigger generating units which are upto 20 megawatts. He said his company has already set up solar power units in far off Chinese villages where they cater to the needs of small farming communities. We use state of the art technology and our units have minimal maintenance cost. We would be glad to help Pakistan to overcome their power shortage by setting up solar power projects there, he said. Pakistan, he added, has plenty of sun available throughout the year and these solar units are best suited to the environment. He said his company was also ready to collaborate with Pakistan both in public and private sectors. In his meeting with President Zhejiang Academy of Agriculture Sciences Chen Jianping, President Asif Ali Zardari said that to provide grain to a burgeoning population in his country, there is a need for better agri-practices which not only give high yield but also uses less irrigation water. President Zardari said Pakistan, which has very fertile soil, could exploit its potential in a better way if it uses hybrid varieties of seeds. He said China has progressed tremendously in the field of agriculture and Pakistan would like to benefit fully from its experience. After the meeting, Jianping said that the academy will collaborate with Pakistani agricultural institutes and scientists to guide them to better agriculture practices. He said the institute was over 100 years old and is the main centre in China for research in agri sciences.