STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan is ranked amongst the top three milk producing countries in the world. Some 35 to 40 million people are impacted by the dairy industry. The industry comprises 97 per cent in the undocumented or loose milk economy while the remaining three per cent represents the organized sector. About 6.5 billion liters of unprocessed milk is consumed for drinking in the country.
“The local dairy sector has a great potential for growth and if given the right incentives, it can contribute around $4 to $6 billion annually to Pakistans economy,” said Chairman Pakistan Dairy Association (PDA), Syed Yawar Ali, while talking to media.
He said that the local dairy sector is ripe to attract local and foreign investment and corporate farming can be promoted on sound lines. “If this happens, we could be in a position to attract investments from foreign dairy companies, as a result of which international donors would also be encouraged to collaborate with us,” he said.
He said that the corporate dairy sector and foreign donors need to join hands to create conditions whereby these farmers can afford proper medical treatment for their dairy producing animals, be able to buy better quality feed and also spend money on milking equipment to improve yields.
The government can play a role by supplying farmers with mechanized equipment at subsidized rates so as to use the same for having better milk production.