LAHORE

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that national economy can be strengthened through development of livestock and dairy sector. He said that there is a need for benefiting from experience and services of experts in private sector for modernizing livestock and dairy development sector. The Chief Minister issued instructions for formulating livestock policy and said that short, medium and long term measures should be proposed in this regard.

He was presiding over a high level meeting which reviewed in detail the measures taken for livestock and dairy development as well as improvement of slaughter houses. The meeting also approved provision of soft term loans to such livestock farmers as lost their cattle for compensating their losses while it was decided to handover the existing farms in Cholistan to livestock and dairy development department. The meeting also gave approval to imposing a ban on the purchase of buffaloes and other livestock without DNA test.

Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that livestock sector is of vital importance in national economy as development of this sector can result in generation of vast employment opportunities as well as strengthening of the provincial economy. He said that a large number of rural people are associated with livestock sector. Shahbaz Sharif said that in order to benefit from the vast opportunities in livestock and dairy development sector, a business model of various programmes should be evolved while a practicable model should also be devised for the provision of soft term small loans to the rural youth. He said that all out measures should be taken for achieving the targets of livestock and dairy development. He directed that special attention should be paid to research and development and effective measures be taken for this purpose. He said that setting up of a modern slaughterhouse in Lahore is not only helping in the supply of hygienic meat to the citizens but exports are also increasing. The Chief Minister said that he will soon pay a visit to the slaughterhouse. He directed that the crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and the elements selling meat of dead animals should be continued and stern action be taken under the law against those who are playing with the human lives. He said that action should also be taken against the elements