Livestock Business Facilitation Desk inaugurated at KPCCI
by Minister for Agriculture KP
Minister for Agriculture Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr Ikramullah Khan Gandapur inaugurated the Livestock Business Facilitation Desk of the Dairy Science Park at the KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KPCCI), Peshawar. The event was attended by Mr Zahidullah Shinwari, President KPCCI; Prof M Subhan Qureshi Dean FAHVS, The University of Agriculture Peshawar; Mr Javed Hashmat, Chief Executive Officer, KP Board of Investment and Trade; Mr Nasir Shah, Higher Education Commission; Mr Gul Kiaz Bank of Khyber; Dr Umer Sadique Chairman Animal Health UAP, Mr Hafeez ur Rahman President Sarhad Dairy Farmers Association; Dr Imdadullah Director Livestock and Dairy Development Department KP, Mr Rashid Aman SMEDA/ITAC office, Khanzada Ahmad Kamal, President Mardan Dairy Farmers Association, Asim Ijaz Agribusiness Support Fund, Mr Kamran Khan Quails Breeder and in-charge DSP Farming Base Badaber, Mr Zafar Hussain leasing partner University Feed Mills and delegates from public and private sectors organizations.
The President KPCCI welcomed the participants and the Chief Guest to the event and reviewed the cooperation between the KPCCI and The University of Agriculture Peshawar during the recent past. Two international workshops were organized under the umbrella of the Dairy Science Park with wide participation from the public and private sector from within the country and abroad. The President highlighted the issues faced by the business community regarding the prevailing situation of the law and order and hurdles in exporting livestock, poultry and other perishable commodities to Afghanistan. The President urged upon a strong representation of the provincial livestock sector in the upcoming export show in Dubai. The President informed that an event will be organized at Islamabad shortly, for projecting the business potential of various sectors in the province and trophies will be awarded for best performance and export. The business scope of the province will be strengthened through collaboration with national and international agencies. The Chief Minster KP and the Prime Minister will be invited to chair the morning and evening sessions, respectively. The President was worried about flight of capital from the province due to various hurdles and suggested for interventions by the KP and Federal Governments to rectify the situation. The President suggested SMEDA and provincial government to approach the World Bank for allocating a reasonable amount of fund for business development in livestock sector under the ERKF Fund through matching grants and cluster development.
The President thanked the Minister for gracing the occasion with his presence and hoped that the newly established Livestock Business Facilitation Desk of the Dairy Science Park (LBFD-DSP) will prove useful for creating jobs for the graduates and strength to the business related to livestock production and marketing.
Prof M Subhan Qureshi was invited to highlight importance of the Desk as a model for supporting the provincial economy through livestock based growth, utilizing graduate entrepreneurship, value addition and export. He thanked the President KPCCI for providing a physical shape to the thoughts of the professors and for actively participating in the international conferences and post-conference proceedings to make the dream true. The desk was considered as a tool for speedy development of the livestock and poultry sectors through entrepreneurship development and production of hygienic food for local consumers and export. The house was informed that the provincial livestock resources have got the capacity to produce meat worth US$ 1.00 billion for international Halal meat market. He said that the huge Halal meat export market is dominated by the non-Muslim producers while the consumers are Muslims. Pakistan being a large Muslim country, has got the major responsibility to deliver. The Punjab Government has succeeded in launching Lahore Meat Company which has been declared fit by Malaysian, the Middle East and other regions, for meat export. The Minister for Local Government, has shown its willingness to support the meat sector through the Agricultural University and Local Council Board, under the provincial Annual Development Program.
Prof Qureshi was confident that the province is moving towards right direction to utilize the livestock resources and the public and private sector organizations are showing interest in integrated development. The Higher Education Commission has been contributing meaningfully in introducing a knowledge based economy and business incubation concept is being introduced at the Universities, under which the Dairy Science Park can be taken as a good model. The KPBOIT has been supporting the mission through calf fattening trials, collaborated with the University Feed Mill. The Livestock and Dairy Development has been serving the sector through extension and research services. The University of Agriculture Peshawar, beyond teaching, has performed well in conducting applied research and technology transfer under the DSP. He forecasted a rapid progress through the LBFD-DSP, networking farmers, experts and service providers. A Business Forum will work under the Desk to network the local production system with national and international market forces. The Desk will work under a management committee. The President KPCCI was thanked for constituting the Standing Committee on Livestock which will oversee the government departments, universities and the private sectors to develop the provincial livestock farming business on modern lines for playing its due role in reviving the provincial economy.
The Minister for Agriculture appreciated the progress made under the Dairy Science Park with the coordinated efforts of the University of Agriculture Peshawar and KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries. He realized the importance of the sector in jobs creation and food production. The participants suggested allocation of funds for internship of DVM students, establishment of livestock colonies and special economic zones, simplification of the export procedures across the Pak-Afghan boarders, improvement of fruit and vegetable markets, and utilization of farm services centers for livestock business development. Responding to suggestion of President KPCCI, President SDFA, Dean/Chairman, University of Agriculture Peshawar and farmers' representatives, the worthy Minister ensured his support through all possible measures within the given resources. For this purpose he suggested that a delegation may visit the office of the Minister with all supporting documents to make decisions on various matters.
At the end the Senior Vice President KPCCI Mr M Shafiq thanked the Chief Guest and all the participants for making the event a success. The Vice Chancellor UA Peshawar was thanked for facilitating the collaboration between the academia and the business community.
Prof M Subhan Qureshi
Dean FAHVS/Chief Organizer DSP, UA Pesahwar
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