Pakistan to start halal meat exports to Malaysia soon
Halal meat trade between Pakistan and Malaysia would start soon, as negotiations of this are in advanced stages.
Pakistan is awaiting Malaysia's response, according to sources in the Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development.
Malaysia imports two-thirds of its meat from India, and it could import at least 60,000 tonnes of meat from Pakistan.
Sources said information about the livestock, veterinary and other details have been submitted to the Malaysian government, which will authorise imports of Pakistani halal meat after evaluation.
Pakistan exports meat to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries. During 2008-09, Pakistan exported 23,855 tonnes of meet worth US$74.4 million. It also exported 94,000 animals to Afghanistan that amounted to US$12.35 million.
During the same period, meat production totalled 2.2 million tonnes, with exports accounting for 1.8% of total production.
Meat exports to Malaysia are expected to help attract foreign investment into Pakistan's livestock and agriculture sectors, which bear potential in many areas including farm mechanisation, seed, and post-harvest handling.