Ahmad Jawad, Vice President of the Pakistan Businesses Forum (PBF), stated that the National Livestock Policy being formulated by the Ministry of National Food Security & Research would assist in promoting and increasing Halal meat exports from Pakistan.
To increase exports and bolster the economy, the first-ever livestock policy was enacted. Speaking to the media, it was noted that this would also raise the export of milk, butter, and other products to over Rs53 billion annually.
With great potential to increase livestock exports in the next ten years, the policy is seen as a way to ensure food security, poverty alleviation, and increased income for those in the sector. On Eid-ul-Azha this year, animal trade in Punjab was recorded at around Rs59.17 billion.
Sixty percent of the population is associated with agriculture, which contributes 11.6 per cent to economic development. To ensure that the National Livestock Policy is effective in increasing revenue generation, the Livestock Department must flourish in concert with the agriculture sector.
In October 2021, new mandates were approved for the Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA) to promote Halal products locally and internationally, to enter the global Halal market.
The Pakistan Halal Authority was established by the Ministry of Science & Technology with the mandate to promote trade and commerce in Halal food items and to verify the Halal status of edible and certain non-edible products. The Pakistan Halal logo on the products is a sign of verification that the product meets Halal standards and regulations.