ISLAMABAD  - Ministry of Food Security and Research is planning to submit a summary regarding export of 100,000 live animals, including goats, cows and camels, to the Middle East, Afghanistan and Iran.

Talking to APP, an official in the ministry said that the figures issued by statistics showed that there were livestock in the surplus quantity in the country.

The ministry will move the proposal to Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (ECC) and, after getting the approval from it, will move it to the cabinet for the final approval. He said that the ministry was expecting the completion of required process for the export of the livestock till May of this year.

He said that the power of issuing license to exporter of livestock had been transferred to the Ministry of Food Security from Ministry of Commerce and Director General (DG) Livestock had also been transferred to the ministry.

Replying to a question, he said that the ministry would adopt the existing livestock export policy and not intending to bring any change in it at this moment. He said that the ministry would not issue any new export livestock license to the livestock exporter and already the government had issued more than 2000 licenses of livestock export.

It is pertinent to mention here that after 18th amendment the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock was devolved to the province and affairs of exporting of livestock was also transferred to the ministry of commerce.