Director General Livestock Department Sindh, Dr. Nazeer Hussain Kalhoro on Thursday said that adding value to products derived from the livestock sector can contribute meaningfully to reduce poverty, create jobs and accelerate economic growth in Sindh.
He was sharing his views in the 4-day consultations from the November 7 to 10, formed a part of the Sindh Sector Development Strategies, supported by the International Trade Centre under its Growth for Rural Advancement and Sustainable Development (GRASP) project, here, said a statement.Dr. Nazeer stressed that the livestock-related sector strategies of meat, dairy and leather has tremendous opportunities in product development and emphasized that these strategies will help address the challenges in production, quality and certification as well as linkages to the industry.
He said that the strategy design initiative is an effort in the right direction and comes at an appropriate time, especially given the importance of the livestock sector in the province and the absence of an integrated Livestock Policy.He said that department of Livestock is committed to work with all stakeholders to support the implementation of the strategies.
Dr. Nazeer said that the consultation laid a good foundation on how government and the private sector can work together in the future.The Sindh Livestock department held the sector-focused stakeholder consultations to support sustainable and inclusive development in the meat, dairy and leather value chains.
The meat, leather and dairy sector strategies will serve as a compass for the government, private sector, and development partners to improve the competitiveness of farmers and small and medium enterprises, contributing to modernization, inclusive growth and job creation for the citizens of Sindh.
Aligned with national and provincial programs of policy reforms such as the National SME Policy 2020, the strategies will specify clear priorities eventually producing a concrete five-year plan of action (2023-2027) that will not only define roles for implementing institutions but also provide an implementation management framework.
Current situation and the future opportunities in developing the meat, dairy and leather value chains were discussed on the occasion.