RAWALPINDI : An ostrich breeding farm would be established at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR).  This was decided in a meeting between PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pakistan Ostrich Company (POC) Raja Tahir Latif, informed varsity spokesman here on Tuesday. On the occasion, Prof Dr Safdar Anjum and Dr Nasir Mukhtar, Department of Poultry Science PMAS-AAUR, and Brig Khurrum and Col Tayyab were also present.

In the meeting, it was decided that PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with POC would help the farmers in setting up ostrich farm and would provide complete training, technical assistance, consultancy, medication to ensure safe and risk free investment in ostrich farming. Both organisations also agreed to help Ostrich farmers in managing every stage of Ostrich farming from chick rearing, breeding, hatching and brooding.

Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad said that climate and land of Pakistan was very suitable for ostrich farming. It was an opportune time for Pakistan to capture its share in the international market by rearing the Ostrich commercially and launching its products both locally and in the international markets. He further stated that ostrich farming was a real solution to overcome the shortage of meat in the country and could earn foreign exchange. He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Ostrich Company for promotion of ostrich farming in Pakistan. He assured full support from PMAS-AAUR for Ostrich farming.

CEO Pakistan Ostrich Company, Raja Tahir Latif, in his discussion highlighted the benefits of ostrich farming, and said that it was considered to be among the most profitable agricultural projects today in the world and often referred to it as ‘farms of the future’ because of the high profit potential.

It was also decided in a meeting that a seminar on Ostrich farming would be soon held at PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with Pakistan Ostrich Company for Awareness and promotion of ostrich farming in Pakistan.