A meeting was reviewed the progress regarding new project on academic support to the livestock industry under the Dairy Science Park, the Agriculture University Peshawar. In this regard, a delegation of Dairy Science Park (DSP), held a meeting with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan.
The delegation comprised Professor M Subhan Qureshi Dean FAHVS, University of Agriculture Peshawar; Professor Sarzamin Khan, Dr Niaz Ali KMU, Mr Zafar Hussain Feed Industry, Engr. Irfan Qureshi Chief Executive DSP, Dr Asad Sultan, Dr Rajwali Khan UAP, Dr Abdur Rashid Peshawar University; and Riaz Hussain, Hafeezur Rahman and Kamran Khan. While briefing the provincial minister, Subhan Qureshi said the people of urban areas of KP are exposed to livestock products coming from unhygienic farming system in the province, adulterated milk and even dead birds imported into the province.
He suggested that the local administration instead of supporting the local producers, has capped the prices of milk and meat produced in the province. Quershi elaborated the prices of farm inputs were uncontrolled while the prices of milk and meat are controlled through a flat rate, irrespective of the quality, grade and presence of toxins, pathogens and adulterants. The Dairy Science Park has offered their services through veterinary and medical experts and representative of the industry and the administration, he added.
The dean said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA being faced with critical challenges like terrorist attacks on schools, universities, markets and mosques. Qurehi said the terrain of KP is different from rest of the country, being hilly, mountainous and arid, with little availability of irrigated and cultivated land and development support. However, he said the stereotyped policy has kept the development process subordinate to Punjab where irrigated land, good breeds of animals and abundance of animals, feeds and fodders are available.