‘Meat ex­port in­dus­try in Pak­istan grow­ing with ra­tio of 30 per­cent’

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

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.

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