Pakistan has faced an annual loss of Rs169 billion due to post-production losses of milk despite being ranked among the five largest milk producing countries of the world, said an official.
The official said that the lack of infrastructure such as cooling facilities at farms and transportation is the prime cause for the post-production losses, which is being addressed through various development projects.
However, Pakistan Dairy Development Company has made some significant contribution for improving the dairy sector. The provinces also need to take up the responsibility for developing the dairy sector and devise sustainable strategy for cool chain development to minimise losses.
For the year 2011-12, the performance of livestock sector remained satisfactory. The production of meat stood at 3.232 million tons exceeding its target for the year of 3.056 million tons. The milk production in fiscal 2012 was 38.690 million tons, below its target of 45.883 million tons.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2012.
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@yousaf: @Ahmed: I think Mr. yousuf has a point. I believe values of the breeder and politics within the industry more directly impact utilization and wastage than lack of government support or skills. Wastage and lack of synchronization are symptoms and not issues in themselves. And education or government alone can not bring efficiency. Perhaps Kruggman said: Give the Sahara to government officials and in five years there will be shortage of sand there.
It is mostly due to lack of planning on dairy farmers side they dont invest on skill building and resource management
This figure suggests daily losses are in vicinity of Rs half billion, which at present retail price equals 650 tons daily. Is that all? Secondly, what is comparable production loss at centers with technology, weather, infrastructure, economic development and interest rate comparable to Pakistan?
Electricity is vital for dairy products ( even if manufactures) cooling for better self life , Development of any country/economy depends on key industries and sufficient power, Power shortage for industries will adversely affect the economic growth. The regime has to fix the national priorities and endeavor to achieve it.