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KP Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Inayatullah Khan was briefed about establishment of Peshawar Meat Company on Thursday, which would be jointly operated by the provincial government, the University of Agriculture Peshawar (UAP) and the private sector.

The meeting was attended by the UAP Vice Chancellor, Professor Zahoor Ahmad Swati, senior faculty members, Deputy Commissioner Mardan and Peshawar and senior officers of the KP Local Government and Agriculture Department. Representatives of Smeda, Khyber Chamber of Commerce and Industry and KP Board of Investment and Trade also participated in the meeting.

The role of the university in developing feasible farming models for broilers, quails, rabbits, sheep, goats and beef animals was highlighted. The university organised two international workshops under the Dairy Science Park, participated by experts from the academia, development organisations, business and farming communities. Both the conferences concluded with sets of recommendations for improving efficiency of the relevant organisations and groups in producing clean meat and were extensively discussed by expert committees comprising stakeholders.

Professor Qureshi proposed establishment of Peshawar Meat Company to be operated jointly by the university, the local government, KPCCI, Smeda and KP-BoIT. Degree and diploma courses, short trainings will be offered for graduates to literate farmers and university model slaughter house and meat technology centre will be established for this purpose. The minister urged upon improvement in the slaughter houses and advised to launch development projects under provincial ADP.

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