December 20, 2011
The livestock and poultry sectors' cooperation in the form of halal meat preparation and exchange of faculty, students and skilled manpower will be extended by Pakistan and Thailand.
This was stated by Pakistan Ambassador to Thailand Sohail Mahmood while talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan in VC Chamber here on Saturday. He said that in this regard, Thai biggest halal meat organisation CB Group was interested in investing in Pakistan by establishing farms, processing units and slaughtering houses. Thailand is being ranked one of the largest exporters of the halal meat, he said, adding that total turnover of the CB group was US$20 billion, investing in 14 countries.
The envoy maintained that the Thai investment will open a new avenue of the employment.
He said that Pakistan was enjoying four seasons and producing a large number of livestock and crops. He said Pakistan was third largest producer of the milk.
By using the proper milk processing the country can heavy foreign exchange.
He said that it is the matter of great concern that our farmers were using the old practice of cultivation.
The trend must be curtailed by giving awareness to the farming community about latest practices. He also said that Thailand was earning heavy money by tourism as the set target of the year was 18 million tourists which is the one over 10 of the total population of Pakistan.
He stressed the need for setting up meat processing units across the country that would pave way to give our meat as the one of the best.
Lauding the steps of the university and its good well across the country, he said that the group was intended in setting up the farms, processing units and slaughtering houses at the UAF in collaboration with the university. Khan stressed the need for more cementing ties with the country. He said that the country was proving its mettle on the horizon of halal food and there are many avenues to cooperate the country.