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imagePESHAWAR: Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences held a meeting here with members Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KPCCI) and private sector with President, Zahidullah Khan Shinwari in the chair.

During the meeting Dean, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural University Peshawar (AUP, Professor, Subhan Qureshi) gave a detailed presentation on Dairy Science Park. Replying to a question the Dean informed the private sector that Punjab is best suited for dairy production. However, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mostly comprising of a hilly terrain and arid regions can support meat production though sheep and goats, cattle and buffalo in some regions.

The small poultry farming have been adopted as small business, which need support to produce quality feed at competitive rates.

Huge investment in the sector must be made after appropriate feasibility studies and in phase manner.

For controlling zoonotic diseases, Professor Subhan Qureshi said that the University is working closely with the Relief International Pakistan. Similarly, he said that SMEDA is also constantly supporting the sector and was an active partner of the University during Dairy Science Park 2011.

The delegates from the FAHVS discussed in details the potential of business plans using livestock activities as a model especially focused at graduate entrepreneurship.

Speaking on the occasion, the President KPCCI highly appreciated the presentation and realized the potential of the sector playing its due role in eradicating poverty and creating employment opportunity. It was agreed that this sector would be further strengthened by proper mechanism for the Standing Committee on Livestock was approved at the chamber.

He also supported the proposal of the Dean for establishing an internationally accredited quality control setup at the university supported with commercial research for local consumption and export certification of livestock and poultry products.

The Dean invited the president KPCCI and other members of the chamber to attend the Dairy Science Park 2013 scheduled on Nov 18-20 and to invite business firms to display their products and services in livestock, poultry and allied sectors through stalls.