Monday, 29 December 2014

Shahbaz issues instructions for new livestock policy

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Monday issued instructions for formulating livestock policy and said that short, medium and long term measures should be proposed in this regard. He observed national economy can be strengthened through development of livestock and dairy sector.

"There is a need for benefiting from experience and services of experts in private sector for modernising livestock and dairy development sector," CM said while presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed in detail the measures taken for livestock and dairy development as well as improvement of slaughter houses.

The meeting also approved provision of soft term loans to such livestock farmers for compensating their losses while it was decided to handover the existing farms in Cholistan to livestock and dairy development department.

The meeting also gave approval to impose a ban on the purchase of buffaloes and other livestock without DNA test.

While addressing the meeting, the CM said that livestock sector is of vital importance in national economy as development of this sector can result in generation of vast employment opportunities as well as strengthening of the provincial economy.

Shahbaz said that in order to benefit from the vast opportunities in livestock and dairy development sector, a business model of various programmes should be evolved while a practicable model should also be devised for the provision of soft term small loans to the rural youth. He said that all-out measures should be taken for achieving the targets of livestock and dairy development.

He directed that special attention should be paid to research and development and effective measures be taken for this purpose. He said that modern slaughter house in Lahore is not only helping in the supply of hygienic meat to the citizens but exports are also increasing.

The CM said that he will soon pay a visit to the slaughter house. He directed that the crackdown on illegal slaughter houses and the elements selling meat of dead animals should be continued and stern action be taken under the law against those who are playing with the human lives. He said that action should also be taken against the elements involved in the adulteration of the feed of livestock. He said that vaccination campaign to save livestock against various diseases should be continued in an effective manner.

Earlier, Secretary Livestock & Dairy Development gave a detailed briefing on the measures taken for the uplift of livestock sector. Chairman Lahore Solid Waste Management Company Kh Ahmed Hasaan, Member Provincial Assembly Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, Secretary Livestock, progressive farmers Mumtaz Manhais, Aqila Mumtaz, Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, President Buffalo Association Saeed Hotiana and concerned officers were also present.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2014

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