Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFSR),Syed Fakhar Imam attended the webinar on Agriculture and Energy Sector Coordination arranged by Board of Investment (BOI) on Friday.
Syed Fakhar Imam talked about livestock sector of the country.He said that Pakistan has policy recommendations for genetic improvement of dairy cattle (through import of live animals, germplasm, embryos etc). Provincial Dairy Development Department have approved these polices and acts from respective corners.
Office of the Animal Husbandry Commissioner (MNFSR) deals with the certification of animal import.Planning Commission of Pakistan and Provincials Livestock and Dairy Development Departments deal with the concrete development plans for livestock improvement that may require global support.
Pakistan has 34 state of the art abattoirs meant for export of Halal meat and meat products. The major importing countries are UAE, KSA, Kuwait, Afghanistan etc. The total exports of livestock sector during 2018-19 amounted to Rs. 94.9 billion showing an increase of 17.8% over 2017-18. The major items exported were tanned hides and skins, meat and meat products, animal feed and animal products. Pakistan exported 53.4 Thousand Tons of Meat during the year 2019-20. Unfortunately, Pakistan has no beef breed however, plans are underway to develop and or to import beef breeds in Pakistan to promote beef production as well.
Syed Fakhar Imam enquired that if any French company will show interest in investment in Pakistan for manufacturing cheese. It will be a big breakthrough for dairy industry.
A question was asked from Syed Fakhar Imam about Billion Tree Program.He replied that this project is under Ministry of Climate Change.He said that
The Billion Tree Tsunami was launched in 2014, by the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan, as a response to the challenge of global warming. Pakistan’s Billion Tree Tsunami restores 350,000 hectares of forests by 2030 and degraded land to surpass its Bonn Challenge commitment.While Billion Tree Afforestation Project (BTAP)
conceived and planted in 2014 (actually started in 2015).It was a 5 years plan (2015-2020).It was planned in Rs 22 billion in three phases.It increased area of forests by 2 % through bringing 150,000 hectare additional land under forests in five years and 350 million hectare by 2030.So the rehabilitation degraded forests area by 30 % by inducing regeneration over 90,000 hectare forests in 5 years
It created job opportunity.
He was questioned about fruit and vegetable industry.He answered that
in Pakistan, most of the horticulture produce is consumed domestically, and its domestic demand is increasing with the growing population and rising disposable incomes. Approximately, 91% fruit is consumed locally, 6% is exported, and the remaining 3% is processed into value added products such as pulps, juice, concentrates, frozen and preserved products including drinks, jams, jellies and pickles.
Food Commissioner,Dr Waseem apprised the participants about pesticide registration.There are 3 types of registration,including Form 17 pesticide,Form 1 pesticide and Generic pesticide registration.Syed Fakhar Imam said that we are slowly moving to organic farming and mentioned about the importance of bio pesticide.