Chairman Pakistan Poultry Association (NZ), Dr. Abdul Karim said Saturday that in an effort to raise nutrition levels and remove the deficiency of protein among the children, Pakistan Poultry Association has planned to serve food (chicken and eggs) to the students of a number of government schools in Punjab with billions of rupees funds.
In this regard the PPA is going to launch its pilot project in collaboration with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, selecting Government Girls Community Model School, Chak no 34, Mundeki, Pattoki for serving food to its all students.
The pilot project will be launched on April 17, 2017. Each schoolgirl would also be provided cutlery to serve the lunch.PPA (NZ) Chairman Dr. Abdul Karim stated that the food serving program has been launched as a demonstration in response to the World Bank report, stating that almost 45 percent children of 5-15 years in the country are suffering from malnutrition and stunting due to multiple reasons including deficiency of protein. After its success, the Association will launch the service in a number of other government schools across the province.
Dr. Karim said that with a view to improve nutrition and reduce stunting, the PPA can extend this project in all public schools across the country with the support of government. He said that the multidimensional project of the Poultry Association is aimed at promoting the importance of poultry products and educating about nutrition, besides enhancing students’ attendance in the schools.
He said that poultry sector is the most organized branch of the agro-based sectors of Pakistan. He said poultry sector had been serving the nation and providing affordable poultry products to the masses to fulfill the requirements of animal protein. Poultry at present contributes 40 percent of the total meat consumption and generates employment and income for about 1.8 million people.
Dr. Abdul Karim said that Pakistan faces an education crisis of unprecedented proportions, as nearly half of all children of school-going age are out of school. He said that Pakistan is facing tremendous challenges in the education sector, with 25 million children not attending schools at all. He said that improving school enrollment lies at the forefront of Pakistan’s battle to improve education and PPA can join hands of the provincial governments by enhancing its production, serving egg and chicken to the millions of schoolchildren all over the country with government assistance. The extent of the crisis required concerted efforts in coordination with the government, civil society, national and international non-government organizations, private sector, educational institutes as well as community-based organizations. He said this is the high time to highlight the importance of egg and chicken to promote their nutritional benefits. Chairman PPA (North Zone) said that parents, children, educators and athletes needed to recognize the importance of eggs in a healthy diet. He said that Pakistan per capita annual consumption of egg is only 60 against the developed countries annual consumption of 300 to 400.