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Participants in the meeting on the recommendations of 'Dairy Science Park' term the huge potentials of livestock and poultry aren't being fully exploited due to certain constraints. They suggested that the sectors could be made profitable, if the idea of 'Dairy Science Park' were implemented in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The meeting was held at Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (FAHVS), Agriculture University of Peshawar to review the recommendations of Dairy Science Park (DSP) and to discuss the road made for the implementation of recommendations. The meeting was chaired by Professor Dr M Subhan Qureshi, chief organiser and Dean FAHVS, the University of Agriculture Peshawar here on Monday.

The meeting was attended by Professor M Jamal Khan, Dean Crop Production, Abdus Salam, P&D, Dr Nazir Ahmad, Dr Sarzamin Khan, Dr Umer Sadique, Dr Shakoor Ahmad and Dr Zahoor. Two parties interested in investment in meat production farming and meat export also participated, facilitated by Naseer Khan Khtattak, development expert. The meeting discussed in detail the objectives of DSP through a multimedia presentation, and said despite huge potential in livestock and poultry sectors, these sectors are still underdeveloped due to verity of constraints. He suggested that these sectors can become profitable if his idea of dairy science park was implemented in this province.

A Business Incubation Centre was proposed as part of the Dairy Science Park at the University, comprising a Central Laboratory and Postgraduate Research Complex and a Business Support Centre. Besides problem oriented research the Park will focus on establishing Model Abattoir, mini-lab and cold storage at the University, Training in entrepreneurship and Registration of partners comprising experts, existing and potential entrepreneurs, existing and potential investors, other service providers, marketing partners. A renewable energy cell, emergency response cell, farming, abattoirs and services centre at AMK Campus Mardan, Advocacy Forum and Business Club.

It appreciated the efforts under the dairy science park and advised the Planning and Development Department to work on business entrepreneurship and look for investors and development sponsors to implement the idea. The meeting also advised to formulate PC-I to make the dream of US $1 billion provincial meat export true. Through joint efforts of the faculty members, students, qualified graduates in the field related to animal, agricultural or business sciences, farmers and the business community, we expect a self-employment for youth, food safety, security, production of exportable surpluses and coverage of the budget deficit at the University.

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