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Pakistan: Expert underscores need for investment in halal food sector

30/10/11  www.brecorder.com

Pakistan can earn heavy amount of money by investing into Halal meat and exporting it after meeting our needs as only in Europe, the market size of Halal Foods is estimated $66 billion while France having the largest share of $17 billion.

This was stated by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad vice-chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while addressing at the inauguration of National Goat Show arranged by the Faculty of Animal Husbandry at tent pegging ground, UAF on Saturday.
He also told the gathering that only in United Kingdom, the Halal meat sale is amounting to $600 million annually while the American Muslims spend $13 billion on Halal food per annum.

He also called for taking steps in a bid to stopping the increased migrating from rural areas to urban areas by addressing the issue of farming community and providing them state-of-the-art facilities at their doorstep.

He said that the UAF had a tradition of organising such shows to promote community-building activities and create awareness among the agriculture and livestock farmers about increasing the production by adopting new techniques and entrepreneurial tools.

He said the university has been organising horse and cattle show for last three year in order to bridging the gap between farming community and the agricultural scientists for boosting the productivity.
He said that the National Goat Show will also provide an opportunity to the farmers to sale their animals at sale points at the campus next year.


Lauding the efforts made on the part of the farming community for the food security, he said the population of the country was 3.5 million at the time of inception of the country but now the figure has crossed the 180 million and it is the only farmers who were ensuring food security by investing their time, money with devotion.

He said at one side, the population of the country is increasing but on the other hand, the land for the agriculture is diminishing.

He said that livestock contributed 55.1 percent to the agriculture value added and 11.5 percent to GDP during 2010-11 while its share last year was 53.2 percent of the agriculture value added and 11.4 percent to national GDP during 2009-10.

Professor Dr Muhammad Sarwar, Dean faculty of Animal Husbandry, thanked the farming community and participants and told them that on Sunday, milk competition will start at 6:00am, cavalcade at 9:30am, body weight competition at 10:30am, individual beauty competition at 2:30pm while the milk competition at 6:00pm.

On October 31, cavalcade will be held at 9:30am while the prize distribution ceremony will be held at 10:30am.


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