Livestock sector has potential to earn huge foreign exchange, says Kabeer
By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Mian Nauman Kabeer has said that Pakistan’s leather industry is the second largest export earning sector after textile.
Presently, this sector is sharing almost $980 million yearly volume but has the potential to multiply this volume of exports with improvement in quality and diversification. The leather industry plays a significant role in the economy of Pakistan. Pakistan is leading in leather technology and quality-wise our leather is second to Italy in the world.
In this context, it is necessary that the public should be informed that how to save the sacrificial animals’ skins on scientific grounds so that country could earn huge foreign exchange. Livestock Department has initiated a roadmap to educate slaughterers and animal farmers.
This was stated by him in a seminar organized by provincial livestock and dairy development department at Town Hall, yesterday regarding prevention of sacrificial animals’ skins during Eid-Ul-Adha for the promotion of leather industry. On this occasion, chairman hide and skin improvement sub-committee of Pakistan Tanneries Association (PTA) Agha Saidaain, Secretary PTA Fahim Ahmad, Registrar Breeding Authority Dr. Asif Sahi, Additional Director (livestock) Dr. Zubair Bari, people attached with Lahore hide and skin market and representatives of welfare and religious organizations were also present on the occasion.
The Provincial Minister Nauman Kabeer emphasized to save animals’ skins timely on scientific grounds on the eve of Eid-Ul-Adha in order to get economic benefits for the country.
Livestock & dairy development department is also engaged in educating the public in this regard, he added. He said that leather industry is playing an important role in the economy of the country. Millions of people are affiliated with this industry and livestock sector is playing a vital role in the eradication of unemployment.
The younger generation should also think of joining this sector for their bright future instead of running after government jobs, he added. He said that livestock department has started an awareness campaign for safeguarding sacrificial skins to help reduce the losses.
He said that Pakistani skins are most expensive, precious and large in size in the whole world but, unfortunately, these precious skins are got damaged due to nonprofessional butchers and hot weather.
He said that the country can earn billions of rupees from the skins as these are source of prosperity.
He also directed to initiate public awareness campaign for saving cattle skins during Eid-ul-Azha and added that livestock department can also benefit the leather industry by sensitizing the farmers and people about safety of animals’ skins.
PTA office-bearers said that the cost of sacrificial animals’ skin is reduced by 10 percent with every passing hour without salt and after ten hours, it becomes totally useless.
Representatives of different welfare organizations appreciated the measures taken by the livestock department and assured full cooperation to the government.