Pakistan can earn heavily by investing in halal meat production and its processing as these products have a strong appeal among consumers in international markets, with only the halal food market of Europe is worth around $66 billion. France has the largest share of $17 billion among European markets.
University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan stated this at the National Goat Show, organised by the Faculty of Animal Husbandry at the university on Saturday.
He said in the United Kingdom, halal meat sales amounted to $600 million annually while American Muslims spent $13 billion on halal food per annum.
He underscored the need for steps to stem increasing migration of people from rural to urban areas in search for better living standards, adding problems faced by the farming community should be addressed and they be provided state-of-the-art tools and equipment for farming.
He said the agriculture university organised such shows to promote community building activities and create awareness among agriculture and livestock farmers about increase in production by adopting new techniques.
He said the goat show would provide an opportunity to the farmers to sell animals at sale points at the campus next year.
“Only the farmers are ensuring food security by investing their time and money with devotion,” he said while referring to the country’s population, which had grown from 35 million in 1947 to around 180 million at present.
He said on the one side, population of the country was increasing but on the other hand, agricultural land was decreasing.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 30th, 2011.