Modern Technology to Promote Halal Food Industry: Fawad

ISLAMABAD, Sep 9 (APP): Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chuadhry Fawad Hussain on Wednesday said that modern technology would be introduced to promote Pakistan’s Halal Food Industry.

Addressing an awareness seminar titled “Halal Accreditation: A Gateway to international Trade” organized by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), Ministry of Science and Technology at Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), he said that it was time to adopt digitalization and biotechnology, adding that the Halal authority was formed to strengthen the industry.

The minister said that after 18th amendment provinces have not shared their plans in this regard, adding that people who want investment should be facilitated and farms should be established to increase livestock. He called upon Provincial Ministers of Livestock to play their role in strengthening Halal food industry.

Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said that the government was not supposed to do business, but provide the maximum support to the private sector, adding that “we would require standard certification for Halal Food.”

He told the business community that during next 7 years, bigger changes will come in way of business, adding that public transport is converting into electric vehicles. He said that there was a big threat to mechanics sectors as they would lose their jobs after the arrival of electric vehicles.

He said that we should plan keeping in view the future, adding that auto mechanics would be trained in electric vehicles. The minister proposed that a focal group should be established to work on the planned projects.

Earlier, DG PNAC Ismat Gul Khattak said that Halal food is one of the important trade industries, adding that we need to gear up the Halal industry to increase its exports. She said that with support of the Minister of Science and Technology, we would increase Halal food sector.

She said “we are launching Halal accreditation for Pakistan”.

President FPCCI Mian Anjum Nisar highly appreciated the vision of the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, adding “we must appreciate his efforts for promotion of Halal food industry that is growing in the world”.

He said that halal food has a very wide spectrum globally and major export of Halal food was being done by non-Muslim countries.

Mian Anjum Nisar said “we need to provide suitable infrastructure at ground level and establish animal farms and get our share globally. He said that we should focus more on certification”.

DG Halal Food Authority Akhtar Bughio said that the authority has started harmonization of standards, adding that when our products will not be accredited from certified laboratories they will not be accepted globally. He said that for third party certification we need to improve our quality.

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