LAHORE: Raza Mehmood Khursand, Chairman Pakistan Poultry Association NZ, in a Press Briefing informed that poultry sector is one of the most organized branches of the agrobased sector of Pakistan. Poultry Sector has been serving the nation since 1962 and providing affordable poultry products to the masses to fulfil the requirements of animal protein. Poultry at present contributes 40% of the total meat consumption and generates employment and income for about fifteen hundred thousand people.
It is also pertinent to mention here that poultry is the cheapest available meat protein source for our masses and as such, is an effective check upon the spiralling animal protein prices also. We are producing 10,000 Millions table eggs and 1196 metric tons chicken meat annually. In our Country per capita consumption of meat is only 6.6 KG and 5560 eggs annually. Whereas as per standard requirement, 2528 KG Meat and 250300 eggs are required to be consumed by each person. Therefore we are already consuming less protein as per required standards. Poultry sector generates employment and provides source of income to more than 1.5 million people of Pakistan
Chairman further said that Pakistan Poultry Association is celebrating World Egg Day by organizing seminars at different places to make the general public aware about the nutritional value of egg and its importance in human diet. The need is to understand that egg is a complete diet and replete with the best kinds of protein, vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, the importance of protein in the growth of human body and brain also highlights the real value of egg as an essential item of daily meal.
According to the experts, the annual consumption of 300 eggs per person is important for human health. The consumption level in the developed countries meets this requirement adequately. However, the annual egg consumption is not satisfactory in Pakistan.
Chairman informed that we are producing 10,000 Millions table eggs annually and the annual egg consumption in Pakistan is 55 to 60 per person per annum. He concluded that efforts should be made to make people cognizant of the above facts to increase egg consumption and to ensure the good health of our people since only a healthy generation can take a country to the pinnacle of progress and prosperity.