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Minister for Local Government KP briefed on Peshawar Meat Company
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Minister for Local Government KP briefed on Peshawar Meat Company

Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Inayatullah Khan was briefed on establishment of Peshawar Meat Company to be jointly operated by the provincial government, the University of Agriculture Peshawar and the private sector. The presentation was attended by the Vice Chancellor Prof Zahoor Ahmad Swati, senior faculty members, Deputy Commissioner Mardan and Peshawar and senior officers of the Local Government and Agriculture Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Representatives of SMEDA, Khyber Chamber of Commerce and Industries and KP Board of Investment and Trade also participated in the meeting.

A presentation was made by Prof Dr M Subhan Qureshi on livestock resources of the province, producing meat worth Rs.200 billion per annum, however the production base is inefficient, causing a threat to public health and the slaughter houses lack the required facilities to produce quality meat for local and international consumers. The role of the University in developing feasible farming models for broilers, quails, rabbits, sheep, goats and beef animals was highlighted. The University organized two international workshops under the Dairy Science Park, participated by experts from the academia, development organizations, government, business and farming communities. Both the conferences came up with sets of recommendations for improving efficiency of the relevant organizations and groups in producing clean meat and were extensively discussed by expert committees comprising stakeholders.

Prof Qureshi proposed establishment of Peshawar Meat Company to be operated jointly by the University, the Local Government and KPCCI/SMEDA/KPBOIT. The production line of livestock and poultry farms will be established through graduate entrepreneurship and common facilities centers would be established at farming clusters. The Slaughter Houses would be provided with the essential infrastructural, equipment and quality control back up and would be linked with cold storage, chilled transportation and international marketing. Degree and diploma courses/Short Trainings will be offered for graduates and literate farmers and University Model slaughter house and Meat Technology Center will be established for this purpose. Renewable energy, energy efficient housing and farm innovations would be introduced in the province. Prototypes of the business models developed by the University would be propagated by the proposed entrepreneurship development cell at the University with the collaboration of SMEDA/KPCCI and KPBOIT.

The Minister invited Prof Zahoor Swati for his opinion who supported the idea and the need for improvement in farming and meat production facilities for the local and International markets. The Minister urged upon improvement in the slaughter houses and advised the Dean to launch development projects under provincial ADP. The Minister advised for exchange of experience with the Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company and for exploring support opportunities with Turkish investors. The slaughter houses of districts Peshawar and Mardan would be improved as a pilot project. A committee was constituted comprising of Special Secretary to Minister, Dean FAHVS, nominee of Secretary Agriculture and Deputy Commissars of Peshawar and Mardan to work on establishing Peshawar Meat Company. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks by the Chair.
Prof M Subhan Qureshi
Dean FAHVS/Chief Organizer DSP
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