Revamp the Livestock Sector
Imran Khan and his team from PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) promised us:
PTI will boost the livestock sector and make Pakistan self-sufficient in milk and milk-based products, expand meat production for domestic consumption and exports; we will ensure that small livestock farmers are the primary beneficiaries.
Livestock productivity is low in Pakistan, despite of which we would almost always meet our domestic demand for consumption. Furthermore, our exports have consistently been poor as we do not meet international quality and hygiene standards. But with income levels rising and a growing middle class, our livestock supply is failing to meet domestic demand, let alone missing out on the opportunity to increase exports. Majority livestock holdings are with small farmers, which makes achieving economies of scale to increase productivity even more difficult; hence to boost the livestock sector the state has to intervene with productivity enhancing initiatives.
We will promote research and champion advancements in technology such as genetic improvements to increase livestock productivity.
We will identify and demarcate specific livestock zones with high potential.
We will champion sustainable commercial production of quality feed to tackle malnutrition and also increase farmer profitability.
We will increase vaccination supply through imports and local production, and expand network for administering vaccines.
We will improve standards in slaughterhouses, incentivise use of efficient machinery and champion improvements in supply chain.
We will improve and enforce milk and meat standards to regulate quality.
We will create incentives to encourage investment in processing for exports.
We will secure off-take agreements from overseas buyers to guarantee market for additional produce.
We will incentivise investors and producers to organise small farmers to build community biogas plants, shared cooling and milk collection infrastructure.
We will develop disease management plan to enhance capability and capacity to roll-out and sustain longer-term interventions.
You can read these promises in the complete manifesto document released by PTI available HERE in English and HERE in Urdu.
Find below the expert`s analysis on the progress of above promise :