August 5, 2008


Pakistan to set up animal disease diagnostic laboratories


Pakistan's government has announced plans to spend 132 million rupees (US$1.8 million) to set up new disease diagnostic laboratories in Punjab to provide modern veterinary support services to livestock farmers.


Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad made the announcement to a delegation of livestock farmers on 3 August, reports Daily Times of Lahore.


The project would ensure complete coverage of diagnostic services at the district level, the minister said, adding that Pakistan has great potential in the livestock sector.


Pakistan's poultry production stands at 530 million birds and 26 million buffaloes, compared to a human population of 170 million. 


The investment will upgrade 66 regional veterinary hospitals, 821 new veterinary dispensaries at the union council level and 76 mobile dispensaries.

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