Sunday, 4 January 2015

Poultry products' export to Afghanistan; KP government's ban condemned

Afghanistan, the consumer market of Pakistan, will be captured quickly by other countries including India, as the Peshawar District Administration has imposed ban on export of poultry products to Afghanistan. The KP government has been providing transit route to India, Brazil and the USA for the shipment of food, eggs and poultry products to Afghanistan but denying the export from its own country.

Dr Muhammad Mustafa Kamal, Chairman Pakistan Poultry Association, while condemning this act urged the federal government to take immediate notice of this issue and necessary instructions to the KP government should be issued to remove the ban on poultry products to Afghanistan immediately. Dr Mustafa Kamal said that every country is making efforts to increase its exports but KP government is trying to restrict export which is not only harmful for KP but also the industry of the whole country. "Afghanistan is natural market for Pakistani products. It would be very unfortunate if we lose this market and handover it to other countries," he mentioned.

He said the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its verdict had allowed the poultry products export to Afghanistan, rejecting the earlier decision of Peshawar High Court. The PPA chairman said that 10 percent of the parent stock was used in Pakistan while 90 percent is consumed by Afghanistan. Hence, the ban on export of poultry products will force the farmers to dispose of their stock in market at below the cost, leading to significant loss and ultimately closure of the whole chain of poultry industry, he added.

He claimed that poultry products are available at most economic rate in Pakistan as compared to the world and even cheaper than regional countries including India. In spite of the fact that Pakistan imports soybean from India - basic raw material of poultry industry, he added. Poultry sector is one of the largest agro based segment of Pakistan having an investment of Rs 700 billion. It is worth mentioning here that despite all constraining factors the growth rate of this sector is 8 to 10 percent per annum. Since it is tremendously growing and therefore it has proved to be the major stumbling block in price increase of red meat.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2015

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