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Competitors Line Up For Pakistan Milk Contracts

02 July 2007

PAKISTAN - Kiwi agricultural entrepreneurs say there is huge potential to cash in on Pakistan's large but primitive dairy industry, and are positioning themselves to reap the rewards of the south Asian nation's push to modernise the world's fourth largest milk supply.

Pakistan's dairy industry has yet to solve logistical and hygiene problems such as widespread hand milking.

Anisur Rahman, minister for animal resources, said: "We are trying to increase the production by encouraging artificial reproduction of the cattle."

Four New Zealand companies, Waikato Milking Systems, Veterinary Enterprises Group, Thermaflo and Interlact, took part in a trade mission to Pakistan last month. They identified opportunities in agronomy, farm management, animal health, farm automation and downstream processing.

The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise-organised trip came as the nation of 165 million ramps up efforts to re-engineer its dairy sector as part of what has been dubbed Pakistan's "White Revolution".

Eight million farming households produce 33 billion litres of milk annually from around 50 million animals in Pakistan, but the country has yet to solve logistical and hygiene problems - such as widespread hand milking and a lack of refrigeration.

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Source: New Zealand Herald



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