‘Meat export industry in Pakistan growing with ratio of 30 percent’
LAHORE: The meat export industry in Pakistan is growing with a ratio of 30 per cent every year which can be further grow up by proper processing. This was stated by Head of Meat and Nutrition of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Dr Muhammad Hayat Jaspal in an exclusive talk with APP here Sunday. He said despite top beef exporting nation in the neighborhood and of the global meat market as competitors so far Pakistan had held its ground successfully in the regional market of Middle East. However, in order to enter an emerging market of China and Malaysia, the meat sector of Pakistan needed to handle more scientifically and technically. He said in 2005 Pakistan's meat exports were about US$ 29 million while in 2015 were US$ 243.5 million. The meat export industry is annually growing at 30 per cent. Meat retail sector of the country has also changed its shape within last decade and with increasing interest of consumers in high value hygienic meat primal cuts and meat products, more players are entering the retail sector. However, with deficiency of technical skills and scientific methodologies, it will not be possible for the sector to make its way forward smoothly. To play a role by UVAS in Development of the meat industry of Pakistan, the UVAS had established Department of Meat Science and Technology (MST) which was first of its kind in Pakistan, he claimed.