Governance Model for Livestock Technoparks

Governance Model for Livestock Technoparks

DSP Technoparks

The Resource-base

The natural resource base Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have been the sites of international conflicts. The region is mostly mountainous and arid, rich in natural resources, predominantly livestock like sheep, goats, cattle, buffaloes, and poultry. The total value of livestock heads is Rs.1.09 trillion (US $10 billion). However, the huge resource base can neither provide good economic return to the producers, nor quality food to the consumers. These holdings threaten public health safety.

The main reasons behinds this state of affairs are poor socio-economic status of the farmers, lack of resources and focus on part of the state institutions, and a hostile marketing system. Under Integrated Development Strategy 2014-2018 of KP (Sustainable and effective local government system), improved citizens participation has been proposed that empowers communities at grassroots level. In a state of limited fiscal resources, either more revenue needs be generated from additional sources or existing resources must be better allocated. Increased fiscal space for social development calls for effective policy oversight and an accountable resource management system for sustainable fiscal space. Under “Entrepreneurship”, industrial development for economic growth and job creation, improved enabling environment for private sector including SMEs and cottage industry through entrepreneurial friendly regulatory framework and other support has been proposed.

An important source for SMEs has been identified as the Livestock SMEs, comprising dairy farms located in the urban areas, and sheep, goats, and poultry farms in the rural regions. The medium-sized farms, factories, and marketing chain lack quality standards and have failed to provide the due financial return to the farmers and food of acceptable quality to the consumers. These facilities will be converted into viable enterprises, capable of creating self-employment for the youth and hygienic food for the people of KP to support food security and export.

The sector issues

  • Poor practices at farmers’ and industry level and limited scope of education system create hurdles in food safety and entrepreneurship
  • Slaughter houses/poultry butchers delivering meat contaminated with dung, flies, cats and dogs create threats to public health
  • Rising level of unemployment and underutilized/unskilled labor at farms, factories and marketing networks
  • Price capping of livestock products restricts industrialization
  • Utilization of medium-sized farms for entrepreneurship, technical, financial, marketing & regulatory support to these units is not included in mandate of any government/other agencies
  • Private companies selling meat/milk items of unknown quality and Halal status, at inappropriate rates
  • Input suppliers are grabbing the major share of farmers’ produce and deliver low quality inputs
  • Live birds/livestock transportation and marketing in open places and vehicles contaminate the environment and present a dirty picture of the Region and the Muslims
  • Marketing dead/diseased animals/birds and their food products with no check on Halal/hygienic status
  • Halal bones are exported at throw away prices and Haram gelatin is imported at very high rates
  • Legal courts ban import of useful products and export of economically viable products

Corrective measures

Minister LGE&RD briefed on Peshawar Meat Company Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Dean FAHVS/Chief Patron Dairy Science Park made a presentation before the Senior Minister LGE&RD, Mr Inayatullah Khan during March 2014. The meeting was attended by the UAP Vice Chancellor, Professor Zahoor Ahmad Swati, senior faculty members, Deputy Commissioner Mardan and Peshawar and senior officers of the KP Local Government and Agriculture Department. Representatives of Smeda, Khyber Chamber of Commerce and Industry and KP Board of Investment and Trade also participated in the meeting. The role of the university in developing feasible farming models for broilers, quails, rabbits, sheep, goats and beef animals was highlighted.

The university organized two international workshops under the Dairy Science Park, participated by experts from the academia, development organizations, business and farming communities. Both the conferences concluded with sets of recommendations for improving 4 efficiency of the relevant organizations and groups in producing clean meat and were extensively discussed by expert committees comprising stakeholders. Professor Qureshi proposed establishment of Peshawar Meat Company to be operated jointly by the university, the local government, KPCCI, Smeda and KP-BoIT. Degree and diploma courses, short trainings will be offered for graduates to literate farmers and university model slaughter house and meat technology centre will be established for this purpose.

The minister urged upon improvement in the slaughter houses and advised to launch development projects under provincial ADP. (Source: Business Recorder, March 2014). A meeting was held to review the progress regarding new project on academic support to the livestock industry under the Dairy Science Park, the Agriculture University Peshawar. In this regard, a delegation of Dairy Science Park (DSP), held a meeting with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Inayatullah Khan. The delegation comprised Professor M Subhan Qureshi Dean FAHVS, University of Agriculture Peshawar; Professor Sarzamin Khan, Dr Niaz Ali KMU, Mr Zafar Hussain Feed Industry, Engr. Irfan Qureshi Chief Executive DSP, Dr Asad Sultan, Dr Rajwali Khan UAP, Dr Abdur Rashid Peshawar University; and Riaz Hussain, Hafeezur Rahman and Kamran Khan.

While briefing the provincial minister, Subhan Qureshi said the people of urban areas of KP are exposed to livestock products coming from unhygienic farming system in the province, adulterated milk and even dead birds imported into the province. He suggested that the local administration instead of supporting the local producers, has capped the prices of milk and meat produced in the province. Quershi elaborated the prices of farm inputs were uncontrolled while the prices of milk and meat are controlled through a flat rate, irrespective of the quality, grade and presence of toxins, pathogens and adulterants.

The Dairy Science Park has offered their services through veterinary and medical experts and representative of the industry and the administration, he added. The dean said the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA being faced with critical challenges like terrorist attacks on schools, universities, markets and mosques. Qurehi said the terrain of KP is different from rest of the country, being hilly, mountainous and arid, with little availability of irrigated and cultivated land and development support. However, he said the stereotyped policy has kept the development process subordinate to Punjab where irrigated land, good breeds of animals and abundance of animals, feeds and fodders are available.

Prof Qureshi has been involved with the provincial and federal governments, the academia and private sector for a long period of 36 years. The current model has been developed through extensive interaction with the stakeholders during this period. The development programs of provincial and federal government utilize funds for various projects, but with negligible impact on farm resource-base. As a result, the sector is facing socio economic pressure, compelling farmers to change the business. Especially the young educated family members look at the miserable conditions of their parents and try to avoid joining farming business.

Prof Qureshi opted for working at private buffalo farms for his PhD thesis research on nutrition-reproduction interaction in dairy buffaloes. A close contact with the miserable people led to production of Chief Minister Development Plan on advice of CM Office Letter dated 30-11-1998, for productive utilization of the livestock resources to bring prosperity and stable peace in the region.  The Plan was endorsed vide letter of CM Office dated 8-1-2003, for implementation which was ignored. CM Office again endorsed establishment of Task Force on Dairy Science Park vide letter dated 2-8-2017, with no result. The author continued working on academia-industry-government interaction and was successful in protecting several emerging entrepreneurship models across livestock value chain; organized biennial series of international conferences and industrial exhibitions on DSP and popularized Biorisk management through sponsorship of Sandia National Labs USA.

Konya Technopark and Dairy Science Park Collaboration:

Konya Teknokent (Technopark), Selçuk University, Konya, Turkey, hosted the Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park 2017. Konya Teknokent has been mandated to provides important support to the production and service sector in terms of increasing competitive power, improving quality and productivity by producing new products, improved products, new technologies and improved technologies. As the continuation of the 7th Framework Program, the Horizon 2020 Program (2014-2020) encourages innovation in research and strengthen industrial-academia collaboration.

Founded five years ago, Konya Teknokent has become one of the fastest developing Technoparks of the country with its 107 firms in its field today. The Rectorate of Selçuk University has assigned Konya Teknokent to the Technology Development Zone of Selçuk University of 5000 m2 in Alaaddin Keykubat Campus in order to start its activities immediately without waiting for Konya Teknokent to build its own buildings. The delegates of the Fourth International Conferee and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park visited Konya Teknokent (Technopark) on third day of the conference, under supervision of Dr Mithat Direk.

The delegates, more than fifty from Pakistan including others from various countries, visited Konya Teknokent on 3 November, were excited to know about the achievements made at the Teknokent. Prof Birol, head of the organization was not available on the day of our visit to Teknokent and we were given a presentation by Mr Mehmet. An MoU was signed between Konya Teknokent and Dairy Science Park for collaboration in Smart Energy programs, sharing success stories in food processing, quality control and marketing and sharing ARGE activities in Information Technologies, Agricultural Technologies, Biotechnology, Design Technologies, Environment and Energy Technologies and Defense Industries.

DSP Governance Model

The Governance Model proposed by DSP is based on Academia-Industry-Government-Society Nexus, comprising interaction between academia and industry for providing feasible solution to the issues and development of entrepreneurship models, and replication of the models through government society interaction. Livestock Technopark would be used as a platform for achieving this goal. Sustainable Development Goals #2, covering production of milk, meat and milk for local consumption; SDG #3 covering food safety for protection of public health; SDG 5, engaging women in the livestock sector transformation process; SDG 7, providing biogas and solar energy for farm operations and processing factories; SDG 8, ensuring generation of decent employment for the youth through business incubation and entrepreneurship development and; SDG 16, ensuring end of conflict among stakeholders in the private and public sectors.

 

Subcommittee on Economic Clusters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly briefed on Mardan TechnoPark

Subcommittee on Economic Clusters of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly briefed on Mardan TechnoPark

A meeting of the Subcommittee for Economic Clusters was held, headed by Mr Arif Yousaf, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister/Convener SDGs Task Force, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.  Prof M Subhan Qureshi Chief Patron Dairy Science Park and Prof Ghazala Yasmeen, Vice Chancellor Women University Mardan attended the meeting on special invitation of Mr Arif Yousaf.

Pursuant to presentation of Mr Asad Ansari, KPESDMC, Prof M Subhan Qureshi suggested that the activities of KPEZDMC may be tailored with the applied research generated in the 32 universities of public and private sector in the province. This would help productive utilization of the natural resources available in the province. On the other hand the actions plan of KPEZDMC may be devised in a manner to absorb the huge skilled manpower graduating from the universities on annual basis. For this purpose an Academia-Industry Advisory Group may be established for providing guidelines for the KPEZDMC action plans.

Prof Qureshi referred to the collaboration of Dairy Science Park (DSP) and Women University Mardan (WUM), which can be utilized for developing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Rashakai under CPEC, with special focus on entrepreneurship development.  The Chair agreed with the proposal.

Collaboration among DSP, WUM and KPEZDMC may be established with special focus on establishing  Special Economic Zone Rashakai under CPEC and implementing the MoU signed between Malaysian authorities and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Prof M Subhan Qureshi made a PowerPoint presentation on establishment of Mardan TechnoPark in continuation to developments made under the DSP. DSP has been registered with the provincial government under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, authorizing it to sign MoUs with the relevant Departments for the projects. DSP has successfully held a series of international conferences and industrial exhibitions during November 2011, 2013 and 2015 at Peshawar and during November 2017 at Konya, Turkey, attended by 50+ Pakistani participants in addition to others from academicians and business communities in Turkey and other countries. Five International consultations were made with Sandia National Laboratories USA at Amsterdam, Dubai, Bangkok, Phuket and Colombo and a Biorisk Management (BRM) Curriculum was developed for life science degrees in various universities of Pakistan. Eight universities of the county, SMEDA and other organizations participated in the process. Mr Muzafar Said, Finance Minister and Mr Arif Yousaf, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister (Law) have been supervising these activities.

The Senior Minister, Local Government, Election and Rural Development Department chaired a lengthy meeting with the representatives of University of Agriculture Peshawar and private sector on 3-3-2016 wherein he agreed to the proposal of DSP on implementation of ADP project for establishing a Modern Slaughter House. Consequently, a summary for the Chief Secretary / Honorable Chief Minister for approval, was initiated. The same was supported by Additional Chief Secretary with remarks that the subject issue relates to Agriculture Department, so it was forwarded to them. However, it was returned by the Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperative Department with the following remarks: “The Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperative Department does not support the proposal of the Local Government Department”. A note was submitted by the Senior Minister via diary number 66 dated 1-8-2017 for issuance of directive to the Agriculture Department for constitution of Task Force on DSP. The Chief Minister marked the case to Secretary Agriculture for necessary action. However, notification of the Task Force is still awaited.

As DSP has proposed academia-industry linkages for entrepreneurship development, Biorisk management and production of Halal and hygienic food for local consumption and export, the issue relates to a number of departments and private sector organizations. The Vice Chancellor Women University Mardan has already attended the consultative process at Colombo and Konya and have signed MoU with DSP for BRM and Entrepreneurship Development. She has suggested allocation of 20 Kanal university land for TechnoPark Mardan under the collaboration.

Task Force on Dairy Science Park may be notified by Planning and Development Department. The Task Force on DSP would also oversee establishment of Mardan/Swat TechnoParks.

During presentation of Small Industries Development Board the house noted that the Board needs reforms for improving its capacity and responding to the issues faced by the provincial  economy.

It was suggested that an MoU may be signed between SIDB, WUM and DSP for bringing reforms into the SIDB function as a model of Academia-Industry Linkages.

DSP TechnoParks

DSP TechnoParks

The delegates of the Fourth International Conferee and INdustrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park visited  Konya Teknokent on third day of the conference, under supervision of Dr Mithat Direk. The delegates, more than fifty from Pakistan including others from various countries, visited Konya Teknokent on 3 November, were excited to know about the achievements made at the Teknokent.
Prof Birol, head of the organization was not available on the day of our visit to Teknokent and we were given a presentation by Mr Mehmet. It was recommended that a TechnoPark will be established at Mardan (TPM), with
leading role of Women University Mardan, Dairy Science Park, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries and SDGs Task Force. Similar TechnoPark will be established at Quetta (TPQ), which has already been agreed by BRSP, BCCI, SMEDA, BU, BUITMS and SBK WU. Mission of the two TechnoParks will be utilization of indigenous human and natural resources for welfare of the people through academia – industry linkage, with focus on entrepreneurship development and hygienic food production for local consumption and export.

It was recommended that an autonomous TechnoPark, to be registered as Society under Societies’ Registration Act XXI of 1860, will be established at Mardan (TPM) and Swat (TPS), with leading role of Women University Mardan/University of Swat, Dairy Science Park, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries/SMEDA and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similar TechnoPark will be established at Quetta (TPQ), which has already been agreed by BRSP, BCCI, SMEDA, BU, BUITMS and SBK WU and endorsed by Governor Balochistan. The Governor Balochistan and other organizations agreed on the concept during a visit of DSP Team, before DSP IV-2017 Konya.

An MoU has been signed with  Konya Teknokent for establishment of Peshawar TechnoparkMardan TechnoPark and Quetta TechnoPark. Konya Teknokent and Dairy Science Park will collaborate in Smart Energy programs, sharing success stories in food processing, quality control and marketing and sharing ARGE activities in Information Technologies, Agricultural Technologies, Biotechnology, Design Technologies, Environment and Energy Technologies and Defense Industries.

DSP TechnoParks

DSP TechnoParks

The delegates of the Fourth International Conferee and INdustrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park visited  Konya Teknokent on third day of the conference, under supervision of Dr Mithat Direk. The delegates, more than fifty from Pakistan including others from various countries, visited Konya Teknokent on 3 November, were excited to know about the achievements made at the Teknokent.
Prof Birol, head of the organization was not available on the day of our visit to Teknokent and we were given a presentation by Mr Mehmet. It was recommended that a TechnoPark will be established at Mardan (TPM), with
leading role of Women University Mardan, Dairy Science Park, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries and SDGs Task Force. Similar TechnoPark will be established at Quetta (TPQ), which has already been agreed by BRSP, BCCI, SMEDA, BU, BUITMS and SBK WU. Mission of the two TechnoParks will be utilization of indigenous human and natural resources for welfare of the people through academia – industry linkage, with focus on entrepreneurship development and hygienic food production for local consumption and export.

It was recommended that an autonomous TechnoPark, to be registered as Society under Societies’ Registration Act XXI of 1860, will be established at Mardan (TPM), with leading role of Women University Mardan, Dairy Science Park, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries/SMEDA and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similar TechnoPark will be established at Quetta (TPQ), which has already been agreed by BRSP, BCCI, SMEDA, BU, BUITMS and SBK WU and endorsed by Governor Balochistan. The Governor Balochistan and other organizations agreed on the concept during a visit of DSP Team, before DSP IV-2017 Konya.

An MoU is in process with Konya Teknokent for establishment of Mardan TechnoPark WUM Mardan and Quetta TechnoPark WUM Quetta.

Governor endorsed Quetta TechnoPark and DSP Balochistan

Governor endorsed Quetta TechnoPark and DSP Balochistan

A team of Dairy Science Park comprising Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Chief Patron DSP, University of Agriculture, Peshawar; Dr M AzamKakar, Director World Bank Quetta and MrShakoor Ahmad, Provincial Chief SMEDA (Baluchistan), called on the Governor Balochistan, Mr Muhammad Khan Achakzai, in his office. The Governor was briefed on launching of the Balochistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park, Peshawar and was invited to attend the Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition of DSP at Konya, Turkey to be held on November 1-5, 2017. The Governor appreciated the mission and considered it as an important tool for the welfare of the people of Balochistan. He showed keen interest in the development activities going on in the two provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

The Governor advised for development of the livestock and horticultural resources of the province and predicted that Balochistan may become a regional hub for food production and trade across the food value chain. He emphasized on the need for appropriate planning and productive utilization of the resources for getting the due benefits for welfare of the people. DSP delegation informed the Governor about their efforts to establish a linkage between the academia, private sector, government departments and development organizationsunder the Dairy Science Park. The Governor especially appreciated the international linkages established under DSP and welcomed establishment of Quetta TechnoPark with Turkish collaboration. The Governor extended maximum support of the provincial and federal government for making the TechnoPark a success story in the Region.

The delegation earlier visited Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP), on invitation of Nadir GulBarech, CEO. The visit was facilitated by MrNaimatullah, Senior Manager and Mr Muhammad SirajulHaqGhori Program Advisor. A powerpoint presentation was displayed. The program has attracted European Union support worth US$ 26 million, which is commendable. BRSP has made its presence in 25 districts and 211 union councils of the province. BRDCEP, human and institutional development, microfinance, enterprise development, physical infrastructural and technology development, livelihood and IT programs are commendable. These programs have covered 354,000 households in the province, covering 25% of the provincial population. The progress was commended by the visiting DSP delegates, comprising Prof  M Subhan Qureshi, Dr Azam Kakar and Mr Shakoor Ahmad SMEDA.

Prof Qureshi desired that the community linkages developed by BRSP may be utilized by DSP through technology development and transfer through ORIC offices of the Universities; developing business models through SMEDA and export of Halal food through Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries. BRSP would get representation in the form of a member in the Board of Governors DSP-Balochistan Chapter.

The Vice Chancellor Baluchistan University, Prof Dr Javed Iqbal was called in office. He was informed about establishment of Dairy Science Park and its mission of academia industry linkages; launching of DSP Baluchistan Chapter and establishment of Quetta TechnoPark with the Turkish Assistance during DSP 2017 at Konya, Turkey. Quetta TechnoPark would be hosted by Baluchistan University with assistant form BUITMS, SBKWU, BRSP and  SMEDA as a project of Dairy Science Park. The Vice Chancellor agreed on being part of DSP Baluchistan Chapter and TehchnoPark. He agreed on including entrepreneurship development, Quality Control and Traceability in the food value chain, through participation of ORIC/CASVAB. He wished to participate in DSP Konya and nominated Dr Waheed Noor, Dr Saadullah Jan and Dr Kaleemullah for participation in the same. He also agreed on hosting 6th DSP – 2021 at the University of Baluchistan.

A visit was made to Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Quetta (BCCI). The members were facing big problems like transfer of money from or to Balochistan through formal channels in foreign currency. Dry and wet fruit are produced in huge quantity and their export has got a big potential in the province; however, getting an export license is almost impossible for the local traders. Sheep and goats in the province provide a big opportunity to the province to enter into international Halal meat market. Quarantine facilities need to be established at appropriate places along the boards with Iran and Afghanistan. Security issues in the region need to be handled seriously for promoting productivity through entrepreneurship development and support through quality control, processing facilities and export. Electronic Form-E/Manual Form-E is a requirement for exports taking place through One Customs, manual Form-E is being issued by Authorized Dealers at the request of exporters as per existing instructions. However, the members of BCCI/QCCI were not satisfied with the process and complained that Baluchistan has been declared red zone, regarding economic development.

It was recommended that Economic Zones may be developed in the province. Processing and cold storage/transportation facilitates may be established for food items like meat, milk, eggs, dry fruits and vegetables to support the indigenous food value chain. The rules and regulations need drastic reforms to create an enabling environment for utilizing the indigenous resources in an excellent manner.Prof Qureshi invited the members of BCCI to participate in the DSP 2017 – Turkeyand contribute in establishment of Quetta TechnoPark (QTP), to be established by the Dairy Science Park Baluchistan Chapter in collaboration with the local and international organizations, The PTFP would be able to develop entrepreneurship across food value chain for production of Halal and hygienic food for domestic market and export. The plan was endorsed by the members.

The DSP delegation visited Sardar Bahadar Khan Women University (SBKWU), Quetta, Prof Dr Rukhsana Jabeen welcomed the delegates and introduced the University, renowned for the quality of its teaching and learning, and for its commitment to engaging with society’s challenges through research and active citizenship, especially women. Prof Jabeen was enthusiastic in training the qualified women in entrepreneurship development in food value chain, especially feed production, poultry farming and fruits processing. The DSP delegates desired active participation of the ORIC office and Business Incubation Center of the University to participate in the DSP-Balochistan Chapter and Quetta TechnoPark.

BUITMS was visited by the DSP delegates, facilitated by Prof Muhammad NaeemShahwani, Director Office for Research on Innovations and Commercialization. ORIC is facilitating researchers/Engineers/Scientists for the commercialization of their research products. A discussion was held with the Dean Faculty of Life Sciences and Informatics, Prof Jamil Ahmad and faculty members. The Faculty comprises Departments of Biotechnology, Microbiology and Environmental Science. The Faculty is focusing on diversified life at chemical, molecular/cellular levels and understanding the mechanisms contributing in diversity in structures/functions of organisms.Application of the acquired knowledge of technological procedures in agriculture,health,industry & environment is another focus area of the Faculty. Prof Qureshi suggested establishment of a Department of Food Technology and Entrepreneurship to support the indigenous livestock and horticultural production regarding quality control, food processing and packaging. It was recommended that BUITMS would participate in the DSP Balochistan Chapter/Quetta TechnoPark as member Board of Governors.

A visit was made by DSP delegation to Center of Advanced Studies in Vaccinology and  Biotechnology (CASVAB), University of Baluchistan Quetta, facilitated by Dr Saadullah Jan. Prof Qureshi made a powerpoint presentation on the history, achievements and future vision of Dairy Science Park. The faculty members showed keen interest in the current challenges to livestock sector and scope for development of livestock resources with special emphasis on medium sized entrepreneurship development and establishment of corporate structures form food processing and export. Prof Qureshi endorsed the suggestion that potential areas may be identified for medium sized farming at state land and support for commercialization under the Quetta TechnoPark. The offer of CASVAB for improving quality of vaccines and its marketing at local commercial farms and export was endorsed.

Office of the provincial SMEDA was visited. Shakoor Ahmad provincial Chief arranged the meeting with cooperation of Dr Azam Kakar and both of them participated in the discussion to support development of the private sector and enable the province for competitive growth under the upcoming CPEC scenario. Prof Qureshi appreciated role of the SMEDA in supporting the local business community and desired their leading role in coordination with the academia, government and industry under the Baluchistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park.

Pakistan Television – TV Bolan arranged a one-hour discussion on the birth of the Dairy Science Park at UA Peshawar, launching of its Baluchistan Chapter, expected support to the indigenous resources of Balochistan and establishment of Quetta TechnoPark. Dr Eissa Khan, the anchorperson was keen in exploring the entrepreneurship development in food value chain and questions by rural farmers were answered by the DSP delegates.

Dr Muhammad Azam Kakar was hopeful that with the blessing of All Mighty Allah we will do our best efforts for the success and prosperity of the people of this un-privileged province of Pakistan. Prof M Subhan Qureshi mentioned the Baluchistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park asan open agenda and every individual and organization was invited to join us at any stage. He commended the hospitality, warm welcome and support of the Governor Baluchistan, Vice Chancellor BU, SBKWU, senior faculty of BUITMS, president BCCI, CEO BRSP, Director CASVAB,Chief SMEDA to DSP and prayed for success of the mission as a landmark in the history in the form of Quetta TechnoPark.

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Governor endorsed Quetta TechnoPark and Balochistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park

Governor endorsed Quetta TechnoPark and Balochistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park

A team of Dairy Science Park comprising Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Chief Patron DSP, University of Agriculture, Peshawar; Dr M AzamKakar, Director World Bank Quetta and MrShakoor Ahmad, Provincial Chief SMEDA (Baluchistan), called on the Governor Balochistan, Mr Muhammad Khan Achakzai, in his office. The Governor was briefed on launching of the Balochistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park, Peshawar and was invited to attend the Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition of DSP at Konya, Turkey to be held on November 1-5, 2017. The Governor appreciated the mission and considered it as an important tool for the welfare of the people of Balochistan. He showed keen interest in the development activities going on in the two provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

The Governor advised for development of the livestock and horticultural resources of the province and predicted that Balochistan may become a regional hub for food production and trade across the food value chain. He emphasized on the need for appropriate planning and productive utilization of the resources for getting the due benefits for welfare of the people. DSP delegation informed the Governor about their efforts to establish a linkage between the academia, private sector, government departments and development organizationsunder the Dairy Science Park. The Governor especially appreciated the international linkages established under DSP and welcomed establishment of Quetta TechnoPark with Turkish collaboration. The Governor extended maximum support of the provincial and federal government for making the TechnoPark a success story in the Region.

The delegation earlier visited Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP), on invitation of Nadir GulBarech, CEO. The visit was facilitated by MrNaimatullah, Senior Manager and Mr Muhammad SirajulHaqGhori Program Advisor. A powerpoint presentation was displayed. The program has attracted European Union support worth US$ 26 million, which is commendable. BRSP has made its presence in 25 districts and 211 union councils of the province. BRDCEP, human and institutional development, microfinance, enterprise development, physical infrastructural and technology development, livelihood and IT programs are commendable. These programs have covered 354,000 households in the province, covering 25% of the provincial population. The progress was commended by the visiting DSP delegates, comprising Prof  M Subhan Qureshi, Dr Azam Kakar and Mr Shakoor Ahmad SMEDA.

Prof Qureshi desired that the community linkages developed by BRSP may be utilized by DSP through technology development and transfer through ORIC offices of the Universities; developing business models through SMEDA and export of Halal food through Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries. BRSP would get representation in the form of a member in the Board of Governors DSP-Balochistan Chapter.

The Vice Chancellor Baluchistan University, Prof Dr Javed Iqbal was called in office. He was informed about establishment of Dairy Science Park and its mission of academia industry linkages; launching of DSP Baluchistan Chapter and establishment of Quetta TechnoPark with the Turkish Assistance during DSP 2017 at Konya, Turkey. Quetta TechnoPark would be hosted by Baluchistan University with assistant form BUITMS, SBKWU, BRSP and  SMEDA as a project of Dairy Science Park. The Vice Chancellor agreed on being part of DSP Baluchistan Chapter and TehchnoPark. He agreed on including entrepreneurship development, Quality Control and Traceability in the food value chain, through participation of ORIC/CASVAB. He wished to participate in DSP Konya and nominated Dr Waheed Noor, Dr Saadullah Jan and Dr Kaleemullah for participation in the same. He also agreed on hosting 6th DSP – 2021 at the University of Baluchistan.

A visit was made to Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Quetta (BCCI). The members were facing big problems like transfer of money from or to Balochistan through formal channels in foreign currency. Dry and wet fruit are produced in huge quantity and their export has got a big potential in the province; however, getting an export license is almost impossible for the local traders. Sheep and goats in the province provide a big opportunity to the province to enter into international Halal meat market. Quarantine facilities need to be established at appropriate places along the boards with Iran and Afghanistan. Security issues in the region need to be handled seriously for promoting productivity through entrepreneurship development and support through quality control, processing facilities and export. Electronic Form-E/Manual Form-E is a requirement for exports taking place through One Customs, manual Form-E is being issued by Authorized Dealers at the request of exporters as per existing instructions. However, the members of BCCI/QCCI were not satisfied with the process and complained that Baluchistan has been declared red zone, regarding economic development.

It was recommended that Economic Zones may be developed in the province. Processing and cold storage/transportation facilitates may be established for food items like meat, milk, eggs, dry fruits and vegetables to support the indigenous food value chain. The rules and regulations need drastic reforms to create an enabling environment for utilizing the indigenous resources in an excellent manner.Prof Qureshi invited the members of BCCI to participate in the DSP 2017 – Turkeyand contribute in establishment of Quetta TechnoPark (QTP), to be established by the Dairy Science Park Baluchistan Chapter in collaboration with the local and international organizations, The PTFP would be able to develop entrepreneurship across food value chain for production of Halal and hygienic food for domestic market and export. The plan was endorsed by the members.

The DSP delegation visited Sardar Bahadar Khan Women University (SBKWU), Quetta, Prof Dr Rukhsana Jabeen welcomed the delegates and introduced the University, renowned for the quality of its teaching and learning, and for its commitment to engaging with society’s challenges through research and active citizenship, especially women. Prof Jabeen was enthusiastic in training the qualified women in entrepreneurship development in food value chain, especially feed production, poultry farming and fruits processing. The DSP delegates desired active participation of the ORIC office and Business Incubation Center of the University to participate in the DSP-Balochistan Chapter and Quetta TechnoPark.

BUITMS was visited by the DSP delegates, facilitated by Prof Muhammad NaeemShahwani, Director Office for Research on Innovations and Commercialization. ORIC is facilitating researchers/Engineers/Scientists for the commercialization of their research products. A discussion was held with the Dean Faculty of Life Sciences and Informatics, Prof Jamil Ahmad and faculty members. The Faculty comprises Departments of Biotechnology, Microbiology and Environmental Science. The Faculty is focusing on diversified life at chemical, molecular/cellular levels and understanding the mechanisms contributing in diversity in structures/functions of organisms.Application of the acquired knowledge of technological procedures in agriculture,health,industry & environment is another focus area of the Faculty. Prof Qureshi suggested establishment of a Department of Food Technology and Entrepreneurship to support the indigenous livestock and horticultural production regarding quality control, food processing and packaging. It was recommended that BUITMS would participate in the DSP Balochistan Chapter/Quetta TechnoPark as member Board of Governors.

A visit was made by DSP delegation to Center of Advanced Studies in Vaccinology and  Biotechnology (CASVAB), University of Baluchistan Quetta, facilitated by Dr Saadullah Jan. Prof Qureshi made a powerpoint presentation on the history, achievements and future vision of Dairy Science Park. The faculty members showed keen interest in the current challenges to livestock sector and scope for development of livestock resources with special emphasis on medium sized entrepreneurship development and establishment of corporate structures form food processing and export. Prof Qureshi endorsed the suggestion that potential areas may be identified for medium sized farming at state land and support for commercialization under the Quetta TechnoPark. The offer of CASVAB for improving quality of vaccines and its marketing at local commercial farms and export was endorsed.

Office of the provincial SMEDA was visited. Shakoor Ahmad provincial Chief arranged the meeting with cooperation of Dr Azam Kakar and both of them participated in the discussion to support development of the private sector and enable the province for competitive growth under the upcoming CPEC scenario. Prof Qureshi appreciated role of the SMEDA in supporting the local business community and desired their leading role in coordination with the academia, government and industry under the Baluchistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park.

Pakistan Television – TV Bolan arranged a one-hour discussion on the birth of the Dairy Science Park at UA Peshawar, launching of its Baluchistan Chapter, expected support to the indigenous resources of Balochistan and establishment of Quetta TechnoPark. Dr Eissa Khan, the anchorperson was keen in exploring the entrepreneurship development in food value chain and questions by rural farmers were answered by the DSP delegates.

Dr Muhammad Azam Kakar was hopeful that with the blessing of All Mighty Allah we will do our best efforts for the success and prosperity of the people of this un-privileged province of Pakistan. Prof M Subhan Qureshi mentioned the Baluchistan Chapter of Dairy Science Park asan open agenda and every individual and organization was invited to join us at any stage. He commended the hospitality, warm welcome and support of the Governor Baluchistan, Vice Chancellor BU, SBKWU, senior faculty of BUITMS, president BCCI, CEO BRSP, Director CASVAB,Chief SMEDA to DSP and prayed for success of the mission as a landmark in the history in the form of Quetta TechnoPark.

 

Dairy Science Park welcomes you to 2020 !

Dairy Science Park welcomes you to 2020 !

Welcome to 2020, after 2019, ending the first phase of the Mission DSP, comprising organization of five biennial international conferences and industrial exhibitions, 8 international consultative workshops on Biorisk Management in various countries and policy consultation for the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Food and Agriculture Organization  of the United Nations. We focused on supporting the emerging entrepreneurs across value chain through KP Livestock Farmers Welfare Organization and Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industries. DSP was registered as a Society with the Government of KP Pakistan and KPCCI and accepted as UN-SDG Action 9671. We worked as an Academia-Industry-Government Nexus, a Triple Helix Model of Good Governance and motivated transformation of natural and human resource-base into prosperity of the people of the two war-hit provinces.

Prof M Subhan Qureshi got an opportunity to serve the people of the war-hit region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as a public servent, an academican and a civil society activist. He  interacted with various stakeholders across the livestock-based value chain during his 36-years regular career as a civil officer with the provincial government and as a professor/dean at the University of Agriculture Peshawar. He got a productive interaction with the private sector, policy makers and international players for analyzing the prevailing challenges and responding through shared authority and responsibilities of public sector organizations.

The dairy, mutton, poultry and fish farmers are usually landless people, living a life with little access to quality foods and education. Their income is usually very little in spite of having a huge resource-base and the food they are producing for the consumers in the form of milk, meat and eggs, is neither assured for quality parameters, nor monitored under some traceability system. They are subjected to penalty by the district administration when they sale meat and milk of pure quality at somewhat higher prices. Hence the livestock and poultry farmers are facing unbearable financial burden and most of these valuable assets are on way to total collapse. Ten public and private sector organizations are mandated for serving the Livestock Sector covering extension, research, fisheries, education, livestock markets, slaughter houses price regulation, food safety, trade and farmers welfare. However, lack of coordination and their apathy towards the farmers and processors, has left the burning issues unattended.

KP Livestock Action Plan 2019 was prepared as a national consultancy by Prof Qureshi, as a relief for the weaker stakeholders across the livestock value chain, in the public and private sectors. An autonomous Livestock Technopark Peshawar (LTP) was suggested to be established, initially as a Task Force through an executive order and later on through an Act of the Legislative Assembly/ Ordinance of Governor; with full regulatory, administrative, financial and legislative powers to protect all the stakeholders of the livestock industry, and engage all relevant private and public sector organizations. The plan predicted generation of decent employment models to the tune of 18,000, each one earning about Rs. 50,000 per month and employing five more persons each. Hygienic, Halal and Organic food would be produced per annum valuing Rs. 5,098 billion. A fraction of 10% may be injected into Halal Meat and Biotech Export Market. Motivated young graduates in veterinary, engineering, medical, business and social sciences would be joining LTP for their career development and transformation of ideas into actions to serve the society. Quality conscious consumers would be having access to traceable food products in the towns. Public and private sector organizations would have access to sufficient operational funds for motivating their staff and serving people. And this is the Beacon of Hope committed under the Plan. However, the FAO administration hesitated to proceed further on the Plan and initiate a dialogue with the government of KP as the Directorate General Livestock was not willing to share their authorities with fellow public and private sector organizations.

The government of Balochistan engaged us in policy formulation for livestock sector and organization of Balochistan Livestock Expo 2019 comprising Industrial Exhibition, DSP V – 2019 Quetta (National Seminar on Emerging Trends and Opportunities  in Livestock Sector of Balochistan). DSP Balochistan Chapter was established consequent to a meeting of stakeholders from the Academea, Industry, Government and Civil Society during the event, inaugurated by Mr Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Mr Jam Kamal Khan Chief Minister and Mr Dostain Khan Jamaldini Secretary Livestock pursued the arrangements aggressively. The participants appreciated the efforts of the provincial government in organizing the great event targeted at bringing relief to the local farmers, processors and marketing partner, resulting in generation of decent employment and exportable surpluses across food value chain. Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industries offered hosting of the new born organization which was accepted by Prof M Subhan Qureshi, President DSP with thanks. Secretary Livestock will supervise the body as Chief Patron and Dr Azam Kakar as Chief Technical Advisor. Ms Rubina Shahwani was elected as President and Dr Fayaz as Secretary. Advisory Panel. Executive Members were notified. Livestock Entrepreneurship Development Initiative was launched with an EDI Cell at Quetta CCI.

We intend to continue our policy and development support to the provincial governments of KP, Balochistan and FAO-UN and other agencies in the private and public sectors. Domestic Solutions would be provided to the households in food production and solar energy generation, to reduce the productivity cost and ensure quality and environment-friendly foods and energy to the people.

At the end I attribute the success of this Mission to my late wife, Allah SWT be pleased with her, passing away on 7 February this year as a result of hostile treatment of my family by the powerful elements in the public sector organizations. I acknowledge the support of my colleagues at various universities, public and private sectors in Pakistan and abroad for supporting this Mission. In fact, this Mission is an interpretation of the Aya Kareema of the Holy Qur’an, wa ma arsalnaka illa rahmatullilalameen, declaring Prophet Muhammad SAW as a blessing for the Worlds. We as his followers, are support to convey the blessings to the people around the Globe. Allah SWT bless us all. Amin.

 

Prof M Subhan Qureshi

President

Livestock Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (LEDI) launched at Quetta CCI

Livestock Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (LEDI) launched at Quetta CCI

Livestock Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (LEDI) was launched as a model of good governance pursuing the Academia-Industry-Society-Government Nexus at Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI). The Initiative would be implemented by Dairy Science Park Balochistan Chapter (DSP-BC) as a follow up mission of Balochistan Expo 2019 inaugurated by Mr Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, pursued aggressively by the Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and Secretary Livestock Mr Dussain Jamaldini.

The decision was made after extensive deliberations in a meeting of stakeholders of livestock sector, held at Quetta CCI, headed by Mr Badruddin Kakar Presdient CCI and attended by representatives of public and private sector from Balochistan. Ms Rubina Shahwani and Dr Fayaz coordinated the proceedings. Prof M Subhan Qureshi President DSP and Dr Shahzad N Jadoon Alltech Pakistan briefed the house on the modality of interaction between the government and private sector. Dr Shabbir Cattlekit-PATTA offered support of the industry. Qazi Ayaz represented Talha Enterprise.

Mr Abdul Qayyom briefed on services and future plans of International Trade Center to the livestock sector. Mr Juma Khan, Mr Akhtar Kakar and Mr Shah Sarwar Agha, executive members CCI briefed the house on the issues faced by the stakeholders. Mr Anwar Achakzai and Raja Lateef shared their experience in ostrich farming. Dr Iqbal Kakar LDD, Mr Ubaidur Rahman Tanoli Alltech, Mr Tariq Khan Mian Khel, M Akmal CCI, M Yousaf Adv CCI,

Dr Fayaz Ahmad represented LDD Ext/CASVAB, LG, Industries, HED, BOIT, SMEDA, DC, FSA, Forest, Agriculture, Fisheries, Wildlife, PHED, the 14 departments of the provincial government and all the public sector universities of Balochistan.

The participants participated in the discussion with great enthusiasm, sometime with aggressive attitudes by some members, presenting issues of the stakeholders. In fact the province is facing great challenges of poverty, illiteracy and the aftershocks of the war on terror.  The participants agreed upon the following recommendations:

  1. Transformation of the huge livestock resource-base sharing 42% of national sheep, 41% camel, 22% goats populations, valuing Rs.371 billion, into entrepreneurship models for generating decent employment for the youth and exportable surpluses for prosperity of the people in the Region.
  2. To utilize the strengths of the public service organizations in the province and get their inputs in pursuing the LDE Action Plan under patronage of the honorable Chief Minister Balochistan through the proposed Livestock Technopark Quetta. Guiding Principal: On-campus development of entrepreneurship models; supported by Govt Depts and industry/civil society for building the entrepreneurship network; leading to Halal food export.
  3. To support the private stakeholders facing serious issues of technical, regulatory, marketing, financial and administrative nature.
  4. To integrate these issues faced by the stakeholders, into the functions of the relevant government departments.
  5. To launch mega projects on slaughter houses, hides and skins processing, cold storages, chilled transportation and chilled cargo services at the airport and the aeroplanes.
  6. Establishing a Corporate Livestock Development and Policy Support Center for meeting requirements of corporate farming, processing, academia, government and service delivery entrepreneurship models
  7. Establishing a Quality Control and Traceability Laboratory at CASVAB with degree programs, for meeting the needs of stakeholders across livestock based food value chain facilitating entry of local products into national and international market.
  8. Establishing demo farms for mutton, dairy, beef, poultry and non-conventional commodities through public private partnership.
  9. To introduce quality control practices at all stages of livestock based food value chain (LBFVC) and certify the products for entering into local and international market
  10. To utilize the various activities across LBFVC for development entrepreneurship models involving the university graduates through the ORIC offices and facilitate registration of such companies.
  11. To introduce a Market-oriented Production Strategy
  12. To utilize the tunnel farming and hydroponic technology for fodders, fruits and vegetable production
  13. To develop water reservoirs in the deserted areas for fodders, fruits and vegetable production
  14. To establish Farmers Business Facilitation Centers in the remote areas and at the public/private sector organizations
  15. To establish LED Cell at Quetta CCI with the support of donors, getting internees from ORIC offices.
  16. To engage the ORIC Offices of universities into LED
  17. At the end of the year 2021 LTQ would be able to generate direct decent employment models to the tune of 18,000. each one earning about Rs. 50,000 per month and production of Hygienic, Halal and Organic food valuing Rs. 5,098 billion per annum. A faction of 10% may be injected into Halal Meat and Biotech Export Market.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from and to the Chair.

Governance Model for Livestock Technoparks

KP FAO Livestock Action Plan 2019- Transformation of Livestock Resources into a Beacon of Hope through  a Good Governance Model

Good Governance reviewed under Action4SDGs

Good Governance reviewed under Action4SDGs

https://act4sdgs.org/partner/DairySciencePark #SDGAction9671

A meeting of KP Livestock Farmers Association and Dairy Science Park was held at Khyber Institute of Veterinary Science Peshawar at 3:00 PM on 30 September, 2019 under the #Action4SDGs.

Efficiency of the public sector organizations (PSOs), responsible for serving the stakeholders across Livestock Value Chain, were discussed. The participants showed their dissatisfaction on the performance of various organizations in responding to the issues of unjustified price regulation at lower rates by the district administration, without providing any relief to the farmers and processors. The Food Safety and Halal Food Authority raid the food handling facilities in the name of quality control regulations while they fail to notify the authentic relevant standards, nor they train or support the newly emerging enterprenures trying to survive under the hostile environment.

Veterinary hospitals are awaiting sick animals for treatment and heavy funds are utilized on purchase of medicine on the basis of lowest price, hence lowest quantity. Development projects are launched without any role of the stand in the process. Valuable foreign exchange is used for importing Foot and Mouth Vaccine instead of strengthening local production set up in the province.

Out of four veterinary degrees awarding universities only one is accredited by Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council. Neither PVMC nor the University Administration are supporting the students in degree accreditation process.

Slaughter Houses and Livestock Markets are used for generation of revenue but no facilities are provided for the animals or their attendants. No facilities are available for producing and cold storage Halal and Hygienic Meat.

Decisions in each Public Service Organization are held by a single person without considering interests of the stakeholders.

Dairy Science Park, KP Livestock Farmers Association and University experts have suggested establishment of an autonomous Livestock Technopark Peshawar with full administrative, regulatory, legislative and financial authority to respond to these issues. This would be a Good Governance Model for efficient management of livestock resources.

Livestock Policy Balochistan finalized

Livestock Policy Balochistan finalized

Livestock Policy and Strategy was finalized for Balochistan in a workshop held on 4th July, 2019 FAO Office Quetta to formulate Livestock Policy and Strategy. The event was organized by the Government of Balochistan in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Quetta Office. The main objective was to set a legal framework in dynamic equilibrium where everyone can find room and adjust in growth cycle under the legal umbrella and keep growth cycle wider as well as harmonizing the pace of development, achieving the objectives, mission and vision.

Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development, Government of Balochistan chaired the session as a driving force to push forward the exercise in a meaningful way Director Genreral Livestock and Dairy Development Quetta Dr Ghulam Hussain Jaffar presented vision, mission and achievement of the Department. Mr Marcel Stallen and Mr Ahmed Jan Essa assisted as FAO counterparts. Prof M Subhan Qureshi President Dairy Science Park/National Consultant FAO/Ex-Dean UAP and Major Yousaf Big Feeds Lahore assisted the process as independent national experts. Dr Azam Kakar coordinated the efforts and linkages between the stakeholders.  Several Ex-Ministers, Ex-Secretaries, Ex-DGs presented thier useful suggestions. Roundtable format was followed up for teh event to provide opportunities to every expert and participant for presenting their viewpoint openly.

Marcel Stallen CTA FAO Balochistan mentioned the Workshop to be beyond expectations and expressed his thanks inputs of the participants and thier hard work. Dosain Jamaldini Secretary Livestock Balocshistan appreciated the lovely, hardworking, and organised Joint FAO-LSDD Policy Team. Prof M Subhan Qureshi mentioned the activity as as a wonderful interaction between FAO and, Government of Balochistan and recommended establishment of Quetta Technopark as an Acedemia-Industry-Government Nexus for generating decent employment and exportable surpluses across Food Value Chain. Other important recommendations were generated by the participants to transform the livestock resources to prosperity of the people of Balochistan. It was not one of a stereotype meetings, usually happening in the country. It was a purposely managed gathering powered by the Secretary Mr Jamaldini Secretary and assisted by Mr Marcel FAO and Dr Azam Kakar director LDD. Commercialization of the sector was the main theme, removing all the legal, administrative and marketing barriers across the food value chain.

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