Keeping the vital role that the dairy sector plays in the growth and development of the national economy in view, there is an integral need to create awareness about modern techniquesto generate employment opportunities in the country and earn foreign exchange by exporting dairy products. These views were expressed by President Dr Arif Alvi while talking to a delegation of Pakistan Dairy Association (PDA)which called on him at the President House recently.
The PDA delegation comprised of notable members of the dairy industry including Mr. Haseeb Aslam, Vice Chairman PDA, Dr. Shehzad Amin CEO PDA & Syed Saud Ahmed Pasha, Director Corporate Affairs at FrieslandCampina Engro Pakistan Limited, who briefed the President about the pertinent issues and challenges being faced by the dairy industry.
Pakistan is the fourthlargest milk producer in the worldwhere over 8 million families are making a living out of the milk produced by their cows. Dairy contributes about 11% to the GDP of Pakistan. In a conducive environment, this industry has the potential to become an economic powerhouse for the country. However, the lack of knowledge and modern skills about dairy farming is a major problem and proves to be a bottleneck in realizing this potential.
Noting these gaps, President Alvi underscored the need for creating awarenessabout advanced dairy techniques and forskill development of people associated with the dairy sector to enhance yield and quality of produce. He further assured the delegation of the government’s enhanced support to address the issues of dairy producers and processors by providing them a level playing field and an enabling environment to enhance milk production.