Pakistan has great export potential in poultry industry: Minister

Islamabad, July 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has great export potential in poultry industry and can also benefit from growing demand of Halal food world over, Federal Minister for the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan said this while meeting a delegation of poultry industry here today.

Earlier minister was briefed on the state of poultry industry by Khalil Sattar Chief Executive of K and N’s. Mr Khalil informed that contribution of poultry industry in GDP was 1.7 % while at the same time it was providing 1.7 million jobs to skilled, semi skilled and unskilled workers. Moreover poultry industry has also played an important role in alleviating poverty by improving rural economy, he added.

While discussing ways for sustainable growth in poultry production, the delegation requested the federal minister to take notice of dearth of well equipped veterinary laboratories at district level particularly in intensive poultry producing areas of the country.

The minister assured the delegation that steps will be taken to introduce modern diagnostic facilities in required areas to improve poultry output.

Mr. Bosan also stated that Pakistan has great export potential in poultry industry and can also tap into the growing demand of Halal food worldwide. In this regard, ministry of national food security will take all possible measures for exploiting this potential. The meeting was also attended by Seerat Asghar Jaura Secretary NFS and R and Additional Secretary Rao Iftikhar.

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