Poultry Sector Attractive for Investment23 July 2012
PAKISTAN - Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that the poultry sector is the most attractive for investment since it has become the second largest industry after textile in the country, attracting local investment of Rs300 billion.
Talking to APP, he said that livestock growth was increasing with four per cent, agriculture growth rate was 3.5 per cent while the growth rate in poultry was satisfactorily at eight to 10 per cent, reports
The Nation of Pakistan.
He said that if the bio-security measures were to be implemented on farms, the protection from diseases could be greatly enhanced.
According to the standard under biosecurity, farm to farm distance should be at least one kilometre and vans engaged for picking the flock should be under a prescribed protocol.
No biosecurity regulations exist in the country, he added.
However, the Vice Chancellor said that Punjab Government is preparing poultry production legislation, which will include biosecurity measures.
He added that the private sector had also contributed a lot in the livestock sector and set up state-of-the-art slaughterhouses.
He called for the setting up of laboratories to ensure the quality of food and feed of livestock. He said the government should make combine system to gauge the quality of food, feed as well as meat.