ISLAMABAD – Leading experts in livestock and fishery sectors from Pakistan and China have called for modernising these sectors in Pakistan by upgrading infrastructure and building a substantial supply chain through joint enterprises with China, technology transfer and talent cultivation.
They expressed these views at a webinar on Chinese and Pakistani animal husbandry and fishery cooperation, says a report by Gwadar Pro Tuesday.
The experts discussed bilateral cooperation in the educational and industrial programmes in this regard, and possible measures to enact such cooperation.
Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, pointed out “multiple challenges” in tapping the rich repertoire of livestock and fishery resources in Pakistan.
He called for modernising the country’s livestock and fishery industries through joint enterprises with China, technology transfer.
The challenges are echoed by Dr Muhammad Akram, President, Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of Pakistan National Food Security and Research (MNFSR), and Dr Khurshid Ahmad, Animal Husbandry Commissioner, MNFSR.
According to Dr Ahmad, Pakistan is home to 208 million food animals with an annual milk yield exceeding 60 million tons and an annual production of 20 billion poultry eggs.
He said, the quality and yields of such livestock and fishery products can be further improved with Chinese technologies to build capacity, and with joint research efforts in genetic improvement and other animal and fishery sciences.
In terms of the livestock sector, Li Jinhui, Deputy Secretary General of China Animal Agriculture Association and President of China Broiler Alliance, said, “China is the largest importer of beef and a major importer of mutton and chicken. This presents enormous opportunities to Pakistan to enhance its beef and mutton exports.”
Shen Jin, Deputy General Manager of QYH Biotech Co., Ltd., cited FMD-free zones as an effective countermeasure against FMD. Under the MoU on combatting FMD signed between China and Pakistan in 2019, China will help Pakistan establish FMD-free zones in Punjab and Balochistan to ensure the health of the food animals.
“Now we have (some) expertise available in the university, which can facilitate the private sector in adopting new technologies,” said Dr Masood Rabbani.
Ma Zhuojun, Director of International Cooperation at Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, showed how China has achieved the sustainable aquaculture through the Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIP).
To facilitate bilateral cooperation in the animal husbandry and fishery sectors, Li Bijian, Consul General of China to Karachi, advised Chinese companies to conduct training and capacity building “on equal footing” with Pakistan, and he also urged Pakistan to ensure a safe and favourable business environment to attract more Chinese investments.