Livestock Farmers’ Welfare Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has called for inclusion of their body to form a joint committee for participation in Dubai Expo to sign memorandums of understanding (MoUs) for investment with Dubai based local and international companies in agriculture and livestock sector.
Talking to APP, Imran Inam, an office bearer of the association said that a formal letter has also been written to the Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz for the purpose.
He said that the association with 6000 registered members with its geographical presence throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including newly merged dis-tricts has acknowledged the role and efforts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the agricul-ture and livestock sector development that has al-ways been appreciated by the Prime Minister Imran Khan and activities of the provincial government have been highlighted as precedents in other prov-inces.
The association is showing expression of interest and requests for inclusion of its members in plan-ning, management and participation at Dubai Expo as livestock of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mainly consist of buffalo, cattle, sheep, goat, mules, fisher-ies and poultry.
The sector has a huge export potential as the international Halal food market generate a large demand.
KP has an additional advantage of having Afghanistan and Central Asian States in the neighbourhood, which have large market for Halal food items in livestock origin.
He said that that there are strong viable investment opportunities in UAE in dairy farming, poultry, meat and fisheries and can give high returns to the investors.
Fisheries resources of Khyber Pakhtunk-hwa are immense which include cold, semi cold and warm water fisheries. Pakistan’s major buyers for livestock are China, Thailand, Malaysia, Middle East, Sri Lanka and Japan.
The meat and milk of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is pre-ferred internationally especially UAE and Gulf due to its organic natural taste and flavour.
He said that major potential sector for investment fruit vegetable processing, fruit/vegetable packing , ice cream and other milk by-products, feed mills, establishment of large-scale slaughterhouses, devel-opment of disease free zone at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, production of veterinary vaccine against preva-lence disease through bringing investment from Dubai Expo as the association in collaboration with Agriculture & Livestock Department will pitch these projects for investment in the province that will surely boost the economy and will bring much needed foreign investment to our province.