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Speakers at concluding session of the second international conference on Dairy Science Park recommended that a joint mechanism should be evolved to address all obstacles and challenges, being faced by livestock farmers, besides putting more emphasis on the government for maximum focus on the development of livestock and dairy sector.

The participants also urged the need of more integration of livestock farmers, experts and investors to improve the production of meat and milk and dairy products in the country. All necessary steps would be taken to export local produced meat and milk to international Halal food market, the speakers stressed.

The three-day international conference on "Developing enterprising capacity of livestock and poultry farmers of Pak-Afghan regions" organised by Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (FAHVS), Agriculture University Peshawar in joint collaboration with Higher Education Commission, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Department of Livestock and Dairy Development, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Smeda and other relevant stakeholders, concluded on Wednesday.

More than 400 foreign and local delegates, comprising livestock experts, scientists, researchers, academician, business community, and graduates were participated in the conference. The participants also called for proper creation of awareness among the students about the scientific methods, and other knowledge regarding the export of meat and milk to international Halal food market.

The conference also suggested the strengthening of quality control cell, established at Agriculture University Peshawar, to further improve level of certification of milk and meat products through latest scientific ways. Similarly, at the conclusion of conference, a joint standing committee on livestock and dairy development was constituted with the mutual consensus.

Professor Dr Subhan Qureshi, the host of the conference and Dean of FAHVS, Agriculture University Peshawar informed that the export of meat and milk completely negligible to international Halal food market, while the illegal export was being carried out to Afghanistan. There are around 20 million cattle in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (cow, sheep and goats), which is generation US two billion dollars annually to provincial exchequer, Dr Qureshi mentioned.

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