ISLAMABAD (APP)- In order to capture halal food market in the world Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development (MinLDD) has introduce Halal food production technology and certification system, which will help increase the countrys exports in international markets especially in Muslim countries. This was stated by the Secretary Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Development, Muhammad Ali Afreedi while briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Livestock and dairy Development which met here Monday. He informed that World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) declared Pakistan free from Bird flu (Avian influenza) and Rinderpest disease of cattle and buffalos. Due to this decision the export of meat has been increased from 36.4 million US $ in 2007-08 to 53.07 million US dollars in 2008-09 showing an increased of 46 percent, he said. The ban on export of fish by European Union would also be lifted from August, he further informed the committee. He further said that the restructuring of Karachi Fish Harbor was also under consideration which will help in up gradation of harbour. He said that some development work has already been initiated in Karachi Fish Harbor on demand of European Union (EU) and we are hoping full that the ban by EU would be lifted now. About 30-35 million rural population were involved with livestock business while one million people were connected with fisheries profession, he said. He said government has introduced a programme to support rural area population under public-private partnership plan. Under this plan government will provide subsidy of 60 percent to cattle and fish farmers on establishment of these farms, he added. He said eight modern type slaughter houses duly recognized by EU and Middle Eastern countries have been established in the country to promote the concept of halal food.