Pakistan government pledges poultry industry support
Pakistan's government has allocated one billion rupees (almost 16.8
million euros) for the restoration of the poultry industry, according to Federal
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock Sikandar Hayat Khan
The minister was addressing the inaugural session of a
two-day international poultry congress 2006 on 'farm management, bio-security,
and marketing trends'. The Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA)
organised the congress.
Bosan said that the government has provided a number of incentives for the
poultry industry including 150 million rupees compensation to the bird flu
affected poultry farmers. Special allocations have been made for upgrading the
diagnostic laboratories, he added.
The minister assured that the government would not hesitate in meeting
genuine demands of the sector. He said that the poultry development can play key
role in poverty alleviation.
Punjab Governor Khalid Maqbool, who was also speaking at the conference, said
that the government will provide all possible assistance for modernising the
poultry industry to eliminate chances of spread of fatal diseases.
governor said public-private partnership was required for promotion of the
industry and increase in its production.
He said poultry was an important
industry of the country providing livelihood to over 1.2 million people. The
industry had been seriously affected during the past six months as a result of
bird flu scare. The government would advance soft loans to poultry farmers and
set up laboratories for diagnosis of diseases and production of bird flu vaccine
in collaboration with the association.
He said the 100 percent increase
in production during the past six years had proved that poultry industry had
enormous potential for growth.
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