ISLAMABAD - To capture Halal Food Market internationally, the Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development has introduced Halal Food Production Technology and Certification System. The Secretary, Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development, Muhammad Ali Afridi while briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Livestock and Dairy Development stated that the said decision would help increase countrys export of food items to Muslim and other countries. He further said that government has introduced a programme to support rural area population under public-private partnership plan. He said that under that plan the government would provide subsidy of 60 per cent to cattle and fish farmers for establish the farms. About 30-35 million rural population is engaged in livestock business while one million people are connected with fisheries profession, he added. He informed the committee that government had also launched a programme to increase livestock production and extension services at farmers doorsteps under Prime Ministers Special Initiative for Livestock and in the first step about seven districts in Balochistan are being targeted, he added. The Secretary disclosed that Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development had initiated 11 projects with the cost of Rs 11.69 billion under PSDP funding programme. Seven projects are related with livestock development while four are in the field of fisheries, he added. He informed the committee that in order to enhance the export of livestock and livestock production, the government had given priority to the improvement of infrastructure facilities for value added products. The Planning, Monitoring & Evolution and WTO Wing are also being established in the Ministry to strengthen production of livestock and its products, the secretary said. He said that 2000 veterinarians and veterinary assistants and more than 3500 livestock farmers including 500 women were provided short term training in the field of livestock while 6 were provided high level training from European Universities. The Committee members appreciated the efforts of the ministry.