Lahore: The Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam said that there is a dire need for livestock census in the country. He said that accurate data will help evolve an effective strategy for the promotion of livestock sector.
He said that only 7 to 8 per cent of the milk production is being processed that should be increased. “Pakistan is far behind in animal breeding”, the Minister said that this area needs to be worked on. He called for the measures to increase dairy production and value addition.
He expressed these views speaking at a seminar on “How to enhance Milk production” and Dairy/Allied Product Show at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
LCCI President Mian Nauman Kabir, Senior Vice President Mian Rehman Aziz Chan, Vice President Haris Ateeq, Punjab Minister for Public Prosecution Chaudhry Zaheer ud Din Khan, former Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Mumtaz Khan Manais, Secretary Livestock & Dairy Development Naveed Haider Sherazi were the key speakers.
Syed Fakhar Imam said that the youth of Pakistan needs to be brought towards animal science so that livestock sector can be built on modern lines. He also called for long-term, medium and short-term strategies.
Provincial Minister Chaudhry Zaheer-ud-Din Khan said that processing of milk and its allied products can increase the exports significantly. He said that Halal meat sector has the potential to get a major share in the international market. He said that to promote value addition in the country, duties and taxes on the import of dairy processing machinery should be zero.
LCCI President Mian Nauman Kabir said that according to the data by the Economic Survey of Pakistan, the gross milk production 2020-21 stood at 63.7 million tonnes, as compared to 61.7 million tonnes in 2019-20. The milk consumption in Pakistan was 51.3 million tonnes in 2020-21 as compared to 49.7 million tonnes in 2019-20. However, as per ITC World Trade Map, Pakistan’s dairy exports in 2020 stood at 42.7 million dollars, declining consistently ever-since peaking at 108 million dollars in 2013.
LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Rehman Aziz Chan said that the dairy industry of Pakistan is performing at much below its actual potential. With every passing year, the global production and consumption of milk is increasing. He said that the major exporting countries of dairy products are consistently increasing their share in global exports. This rise in global milk consumption and export is an opportunity for Pakistan to earn foreign exchange by exporting milk and dairy products to countries which have insufficient milk production.
“It is high time to educate our farmers making them aware of modern methods of taking better care of their animals. It will certainly impact the milk yield and quality of produce. Farmers have to be trained for selecting appropriate and nutritious feed for their cattle”, he added.
LCCI Vice President Haris Ateeq said that the government should create better awareness among the farmers and also increase their capacity to plan timely vaccination of their animals from qualified veterinarian doctors. He said that the government should give special incentives to this sector.