Pakistan poultry industry hopes for int'l market
The Pakistan poultry industry has appealed to
authorities to lift the ban on exports of poultry products so that producers
could access the international market.
Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) president has stated
that standards used in the poultry industry in Pakistan are as good as in the US
and Europe, and that Pakistan is now a country free of bird flu. Head of RCCI,
Dr Hasan Sarosh Akram, said that no cases of bird flu were reported in the last
several months and no poultry farm has been affected by the disease.
Akram is optimistic that, in having access to the international market, a
new positive attitude in the industry would develop and that those farmers
losing heart would recommence their businesses with new courage and passion. He
appealed to the government to grant loans to bird flu affected farms on soft
terms basis so that they could restart their business. "The poultry industry
faced a crisis during the last two years so it must be exempted from the income
tax for the coming five years," he said, recommending developing a trend for
frozen chicken in order to prevent the poultry from diseases and provide healthy
meat to the masses.
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