KP government urged to open milk and meat farms

Livestock farmers have urged Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to open milk and meat farms and facilitate local people because they were facing shortage of quality in the province. This suggestion was given by the newly elected office bearers of Livestock Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Monday wherein farmers belonging to various parts of the province shared views.

The association provincial President Muhammad Asif Awan said that provincial government was least bothered to initiate serious work on dairy development and thus most of the animals farms run under milk & meat project had been closed some five years ago and no steps were taken to reopen them.

He said that Pakistan being an agriculture country had failed to become sufficient in different sectors due to irresponsible attitude of the government as they were given no facilities for improvement of the livestock sector.

At least 70 percent of the people, he said were associated with the livestock sector but they were doing whatever business they could at their own without any official support of relevant departments.

He stressed the need that government should provide financial support to livestock farmers to set up farms, grow animals of various species to overcome the milk and meat requirement.

Flanked by the newly elected office bearers including the association's patron Dr Ghufranullah Akhunzada, advisors Gulrez Hukm khan, Javed Zafar Iqbal Jhagra, Naumat Khattak, Muhammad Ayaz Khan, Haji Fawad Khan, Mr Awan said that administration had started raiding at milk shops by forcing the dealers to sell milk at low price but never took the trouble to ensure its quality.

Awan said that no one could provide quality milk on Rs60 per kilogram otherwise it (milk) must be impure, saying that government should establish separate boards for meat development, milk development and milk development with representation of people from different sectors to ensure provision of quality meat, milk, fish and other items on reasonable price.

The livestock association leader said that if KP government failed to take pragmatic steps for improvement of its own resources the people would have to meet their needs through sub-standard supply from Punjab province.

Awan said that if government improved its livestock the farmers would be able to export quality milk, meat and other dairy items to neighbouring states, especially to Afghanistan to generate revenue from the country.