Pakistan has established a meat export zone in the Bahawalpur division to produce world standard quality meat for supplying world markets, with special emphasis on China
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – May 21, 2021): Pakistan has established a meat export zone in the Bahawalpur division to produce world standard quality meat for supplying global markets, with a focus especially on China.
“In order to tap the huge potential of meat exports to the Chinese market, the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department has established a foot-and-mouth disease free zone in Bahawalpur Division.” said a senior official from the Ministry of National Food Security. and research said.
The zone would help the country meet international requirements to enter global markets, in addition to making the most of agricultural cooperation under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
Speaking to APP here on Friday, he said that in this regard, an updated technical matrix on the establishment of FMD free zones proposed by the Department of Livestock and Dairy Development of Punjab also had been shared with the Chinese side.
The Chinese expert team has also been invited to visit the facility, he said, adding that Chinese experts are expected to visit soon for an inspection in order to start exporting to this country.
Pakistan had expressed its interest to the Chinese side for the export of boneless meat to China, considered free from foot-and-mouth disease (foot-and-mouth disease), he added.
In this regard, he said that the visit of the Chinese inspector and experts should also provide an opportunity to observe the state-of-the-art meat processing facilities in the country.
In addition, he said that 18 projects worth around Rs 83 billion had been identified in the agricultural sector under the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, with the aim of to harness its true potential and modernize it for the sustainable growth economy.
He further indicated that the development of agriculture was the main component of the second phase of the CPEC and that China and Pakistan were determined to exploit this sector for mutual benefit.
A dozen short, medium and long term projects identified by the China-Pakistan Joint Working Groups (JWG), which involved the livestock branch, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS & R) and the Department of Livestock and Dairy Development.
So far, two meetings of the China-Pakistan JWG on agricultural cooperation had taken place, he said, adding that the group’s first meeting was in November 2019 and the second meeting was on April 20. 2020.
The two sides had agreed to hold the third meeting of the JWG in 2021, which would be held in Beijing and open up new prospects for cooperation in the field of agricultural sector development.
About six projects were related to research and development to be executed by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, while one project was identified for the establishment of an aquaculture park in the coastal areas of Pakistan, he said. -he adds.
He further informed that the breeding branch of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research has also provided the necessary information to China for the export of poultry products to China and invited the Chinese technical team to visit in Pakistan for the inspection of poultry establishments.