Islamabad: Government must give better exposure to Pakistan’s exports by fulfilling requirements of global halal market because Pakistan has great potential to become ‘Halal’ hub of the South Asia region due to its geo-economic position said CEO Harvest Tradings Ahmad Jawad in a statement on Wednesday.
About 30-35 million rural population is engaged with this sector as it contributes approximately 55.1 per cent to agriculture value added and 11.6 per cent to the national GDP during 2010-12. Jawad said that Pakistan is still developing its own halal standards and there is no official halal certification body in Pakistan despite the fact that the country animal population is around 159 million.
However Muslims living outside the sub-continent and Middle East are more in need of halal products and services which creates a big opportunity for suppliers of halal products, he said. As Meat industry in Pakistan is developing these days. The export of meat (beef, mutton, and camel) has increased from $ 08.54 million (2010-11) to $123.61 million in 2011-12 showing an increase of 13.9 per cent.
Dairy animals are also used as beef animals. When a dairy animal has spent her productive life and becomes uneconomical for milk production then she is used as a beef animal. Male calves of dairy animals and dairy bulls when no further required for breeding purposes are also utilized for beef purposes.
Similarly Poultry is the second largest industry of Pakistan. This sector generates employment (direct/indirect) and income for about 1.5 million people. The poultry sector is one of the most organized and vibrant segments of the agriculture industry of the country, we may also deal this sector in export subject to government lay down some policy in this regard. It may also recall here that Value Added of the livestock sector at constant factor cost has increased from Rs 672 billion (2010-11) to Rs 700 billion (2011-12) showing an increase of 4.0 per cent as compared to previous year.