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Pakistan has the 4th largest Livestock population, Mr Zarak Khan

By Muhammad Sudhir Chaudhry – Deputy Bureau Chief Lahore

12th November, 2019

President Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Zarak Khan has urged the government to boost export of Meat from Pakistan to China.

He proposed this idea while addressing the export promotion committee of his chamber. The meeting was attended by Mr. Moazzam Ghurki, Senior Vice President, Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General and a number of the Executive Committee Members of PCJCCI.

Mr. Zarak Khan, President PCJCCI observed that there was a big gap in world meat trade to be fulfilled and Pakistan had the potential to increase its export and earn foreign exchange by promoting Pakistan’s high quality meat worldwide.

He said that Pakistan has the 4th largest Livestock population in the world -180 million animals growing at 4.2% annually moreover there are above four dozen breeds of sheep and goats that have helped Pakistan to become 2nd largest goat meat producing country.

But our exports are still lacking far behind because of having limited techniques and skilled labor, he said and proposed to avail of Chinese assistance to have training for enhancing the skills and Livestock techniques up to the world’s standard.

He further added that, by exporting meat to China we can contribute millions of dollars in the national economy and for this government of Pakistan is already convincing Chinese government to permit import of meat from Pakistan.

Mr. Moazzam Ghurki, Senior Vice President PCJCCI, urged government and the private sector to create state of the art slaughter houses to attract the Chinese market.

He said that we can develop specific brand as per specific needs of Chinese people. He cited an example “Omasum”, the second stomach of cows and buffaloes is very much liked in Vietnam and China.

Mr. Salahuddin Hanif, Secretary General PCJCCI, added that currently China is importing meat from Vietnam. Brazil and Australia, who are struggling to meet the demand while maintaining the standard too. Therefore in such a competitive environment there is a great possibility for Pakistan to initiate the production of good quality meat to cater the needs of Chinese Market. Viewing the increased demand, China is also considering to import meat from Pakistan to China, he added.

Atta Ur Rehman Khan

Web Editor & Columnist, BOL News conributed to the story

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