ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 13th Jan, 2017 ) : President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) Mian Zahid Hussain on Friday said that milk production can be increased from seven to eight times by using modern technologies. In a statement he said that increased milk production would boost exports of dairy and livestock products and reduce its price in local markets besides providing relief to masses. He said that Pakistan was the fifth largest producer of milk in the world but regretted that production of milk per animal is seven to eight times lower than the developed countries.
He said that the milk production in the country could be improved by using modern methods and innovative technologies of livestock and dairy production. Zahid Hussain said that latest techniques and government support could boost milk production making Pakistan a leading producer and exporter of milk. The use of innovative technologies would not only reduce price of milk and beef substantially but also help country to earn foreign exchange for the country, he added.
It will also have a positive impact on export of beef and mutton, boost leather industry and provide help to the infant halal industry, he added. PBIF head said that dairy and livestock was an important sub-sector of agriculture which continue to register growth of 3 to 4 percent per annum. Presently, he said this sector has 63 million animals, it covers 12 percent of the GDP while 35 million people make their living through it by producing 50 billion liters of milk costing Rs 180 billion, he added. The country is exporting live animals to many countries while beef and mutton is being exported to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Afghanistan, Vietnam and other countries, he added.