Pakistan focusing on enhanced poultry production
A new policy regarding poultry development aimed at increasing the annual
growth of the poultry sector from the present 12% to 15-20% using modern
technology in production and processing has been approved.
At a meeting to review progress in the poultry sector and decide steps
required for its further development, Pakistan Prime
Minister Shaukat Aziz
said the government was encouraging development of the
livestock and poultry sector due to their significant potential in bringing
improvements in the living standards of the people.
Aziz added that the new poultry development policy would facilitate the
private sector for sustainable poultry products to provide meat, eggs and
value-added products to the domestic and international markets at competitive
The government would encourage environmentally controlled housing for
broilers and layers, and would create integrated production and processing
systems, including value addition in the poultry sector.
Secretary of Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MINFAL) Muhammad
Ismail Qureshi said poultry had 1.12% share in the national GDP and 1.5 million
people were employed in this sector. He said the current 10-12% annual growth of
the poultry sector was a result of steps taken by the government, including
reduction in tariff on poultry feed ingredients and medication, duty-free import
of machinery and equipment not manufactured locally and better credit
availability to the poultry farmers.
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