Over 70 pc poultry farming in Punjab

Lahore—Over 70 percent of total poultry farming exists in Punjab while 80% egg production, 85% feed production and 100% of poultry processing units are functioning in the province. This was stated by Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Pof Talat Naseer Pasha in an exclusive talk with APP here on Sunday.
He said Punjab being the largest producer of agriculture and aggro residues (molasses, wheat bran, oilseed meals, rice polish etc) benefited greatly from the poultry sector as a consumer of more than 7 million metric tons of aggro based residues which in turn helped them keeping the cost of production of sugar, flour, rice, corn and edible oils etc, rationalized.
Prof Pasha said in addition, the poultry sector had contributed substantial employment of over 1.7 million people dominantly rural youth. “It also gives empowerment of women who can run their own poultry business in rural areas which contributes greatly to bridge a protein gap addressing food security and reducing malnutrition,” he added. The poultry sector in the country had great potential but the issue was to boost the marketing sector, Prof Pasha added.—APP

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