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Govt’s Livestock Policies Yielding Positive Results

29 March 2007

LAHORE - Chief Minister Punjab, Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi has said that livestock policies of the present regime are yielding positive results, as Pakistan’s ranking in the world milk production has jumped from fifth to third slot in five years.

Addressing a special session of International Livestock and Poultry Congress, he said that the government has earmarked Rs2.12 billion for various livestock projects. Asia’s biggest milk plant is already operational in Punjab, while a Qatar-based private enterprise is planning four more processing plants in the province. He announced revision of scales for the livestock department employees.

About veterinary services, the chief minister said that 68 Tehsil veterinary dispensaries will be upgraded to hospital level, while 845 veterinary dispensaries at the Union Council level and several mobile dispensaries will be set up this year. This would provide job opportunities to as many as 3,000 persons.

The CM said that more than one thousand milk storage facilities will be setup in villages and chillers would be installed in public-private partnership. He said that private sector is already setting up a state of the art feed mill at a cost of Rs220 million. In addition, 500 model farms are already established in the private sector.

The CM assured the livestock farmers that efforts are underway to provide all livestock-related services at the farms.

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Source: TheNews


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