LAHORE - The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha has said that livestock sector is very challenging and profit making business and has the potential to gear up the agro-economy.

He was addressing at certificate ceremony of one month long workshop on “Capacity building of Livestock dairy development department officers for the establishment of advisory services” on Saturday. The workshop was organized by UVAS in collaboration with Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department (L&DDD).

Earlier, livestock department officials maintained that such training workshop was valuable not for up lift professional growth but to disseminate extension services effectively to farmer community.

UVAS VC urged the livestock officials to play their due role to enhance livestock potentials. Dilating on the capacity building training, Pasha said sharing of experience and exchange of knowledge is the real process of learning. He said that Pakistan was facing tremendous challenges including economy and energy crises, adding that livestock sector had the strength to overcome country’s problem.

L&DDD additional secretary Khaid Awais Ranjha lauded the university’s role to conduct such training in short time. He said that participants would bring change in their profession and their liabilities.

Later, UVAS VC accompanied by additional secretary Khaid Awais Ranjha distributed certificates among officials.

Meanwhile, Remount Veterinary and Farms Corps (RV&FC) Director General Maj General Imtiaz Shirazi called on UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha at his office. Talking on the occasion, he stressed that animal husbandry; farm management and nutrition sectors should be strengthen to help boost livestock quality and production. Acknowledging the contribution of UVAS, he said no nation could progress with out spreading higher education in the country. He also sought technical expertise to control Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in large animal.

On the occasion, UVAS VC explained the vibrant role of livestock sector, which was contributing approximately 55.1 per cent of the agriculture value-added and 11.4 per cent to national GDP. Despite a plethora of challenges, he said, the livestock industry was surprisingly growing by 4.1 per cent 2010-2011.