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International Workshop On Dairy Science

31 August 2010

PAKISTAN - An international workshop on dairy science will be held in Peshawar, Pakistan on 18th-20th October. The workshop will look at developing a hub of dairy enterprises in three flood affected regions of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province through partnership of academia, government, entrepreneurs and civil society.

The workshop has been organised to analyze the current situation in the country and propose means for research and development intervention in the dairy sector through coordinated efforts of academia, government departments, development agencies and private sector organisations.

Organiser Prof Dr Muhammad Subhan Qureshi said that Pakistan has been ranked 2nd in buffalo milk production and 3rd in total global milk production.

Although the livestock sector contributes 11.3 per cent to the gross domestic products in the country, the role of the sector on export and production of certified products for human consumption inland is negligible. During the recent years the government has placed the sector on National Development Agenda and Livestock Development Policy has been implemented focused at private sector led livestock development.

The country has to do a lot to productively utilize the huge livestock resource base, which at present is lacking any visible support from the academia, development, business and civil society organizations. The result is that the investment of about US$40 billion by the dairy farmers has failed to contribute into clean milk production or export sector.

During the recent past the country and especially the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province were badly affected by the floods. The livestock holdings suffered the most, withdrawing the livelihood support from the people. Rehabilitation process is going to commence soon, supported by various donors. The workshop will provide a vehicle for the rehabilitation process, providing guidelines for erecting the hub of dairy enterprises in an environment friendly way providing livelihood support to the flood affected people.

The workshop has been organised by the Department of Livestock Management at the University of Peshawar; the Higher Education Commission, Islamabad; National Commission on Vocational and Technical Education (NAVTEC), PM Secretariat Peshawar and Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council, Islamabad.

For more information please see http://www.aup.edu.pk/Dairy-Science-Park.php or email Prof Dr M Subhan Qureshi, Chairman Livestock Management at [email protected].

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