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MNFSR UNDERSCORES NEED FOR LIVESTOCK CENSUS

While addressing a seminar through video link on “How to enhance Milk production” and Dairy/Allied Product Show at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Syed Fakhar Imam said that there is a dire need for livestock census in the country. He added that accurate data will help evolve an effective strategy for the promotion of the livestock sector. He said that only 7 to 8 % of the milk production is being processed which should be increased. “Pakistan is far behind in animal breeding”, the Minister said that this area needs to be worked on. He called for taking measures to increase dairy production and value addition. He also called for long-term, medium and short-term strategies. Provincial Minister Chaudhry Zaheer-ud-Din Khan said that the processing of milk and its allied products can increase exports significantly. He said that the 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. President LCCI Mian Nauman Kabir urged the government to give due attention to the livestock and dairy sector to enable it to cope with challenges. He highlighted that large amount of milk get wasted because of no or small storage facilities, poor road conditions and backward infrastructure of milk transportation. He added that another major barrier is low-yield animals. Our farmers mostly like to keep cows and buffaloes for milk production. He proposed government to waive the duty and taxes on the import of dairy processing machinery and equipment to encourage value addition in the country, incentivize the private sector on import of high yielding dairy cattle breeds of Holstein-Friesian and Jersey for enhanced milk production and also co-financed the import of high quality feed stuff/micro-ingredients for improving the nutritional quality of animals. The seminar was addressed by Senior Vice President Mian Rehman Aziz Chan, Vice President Haris Ateeq, former Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Mumtaz Khan Manais, Secretary Livestock & Dairy Development Naveed Haider Sherazi.