The Minister for Livestock & Dairy Development Department Punjab Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dreshak along with Advisor Chief Minister Punjab on Livestock Faisal Hayat Jagwana paid a visit to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore.
This detailed meeting with Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and other senior faculty members, administrative officers of the university and Livestock Department officials here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, minister lauded the progress made by the UVAS and Livestock Department in recent years for the development of livestock and allied sector.
He agreed for providing support to the university in its endeavors for the benefit of poor farming community. He also sought suggestions/expert opinion for making of the affective farmers friendly policies for the enhancement of meat export and also for the betterment of livestock & dairy sector especially for profitability of poor farming community in Punjab.
Prof Dr Pasha said that Pakistan is blessed with the best dairy buffalo breeds in world and it is needed to work for enhance the production of our local breed, genetics improvement of this animal.
He also suggest to start a school meal programme to curb the malnutrition issues especially in school going children by serving them a glass of milk and egg regularly in class rooms. He said for the profitability of farmers market is very important where farmers can sale their animals and milk on good rate. He said UVAS focusing on problem solving applied research, socio economic development of country and knowledge transfer.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor briefed the minister on UVAS history, campuses, labs, academic, research and development projects, 24/7 clinical services, various farmers, butchers & dairy training programmes, national & international collaborations, industry linkages and ongoing projects.
He also gave presentation on the objectives of recently established Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Bahawalpur (CUVAS) for development of livestock in south Punjab, which is the hub of livestock. He spoke the meeting about the ongoing construction work of different department of CUVAS.