Dairy Science Park
The Dairy Science Park (DSP) has emerged at the University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan to provide a platform for coordinating the activities required for academia-industry linkages. DSP has been registered as a Society with the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and accepted by the United Nations as SDGAction9671 for self-employment of the youth and hygienic food production for the people of KP, FATA and the adjoining regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and China.
Entrepreneurship development for young graduates and marketing linkages for the local livestock and poultry production system are our tools for development. Engagement of the youth in productive economic activities and networking the medium-sized livestock/poultry production/processing units with service providers and quality control laboratories are facilitated. The timeline of DSP may be accessed at:
Livestock Development Plan was prepared on advice of the Ex-Chief Minister Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan Abbasi, for productive utilization of provincial livestock resources targeted at export. The Plan was updated to Dairy Science Park through three successive international workshops during November 2011, 2013 and 2015 at the University of Agriculture Peshawar. The President Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KPCCI), Mr Zahidullah Shinwari approved the Standing Committee on Livestock for integrating various stakeholders. The Minister for Agriculture, Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur inaugurated Livestock Business Facilitation Desk at KPCCI.
The Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Law, Mr Arif Yousaf supported legislative reforms to protect interest of the stakeholders during the process of industrialization. He commended acceptance of the Park by the United Nations for two sustainable goals of self-employment for the youth and hygienic food production for the people of KP and FATA. The Special Assistant to Chief Minster on Livestock, Mr Mohibullah Khan supported the plan for preparing the province for International Halal Meat Market.
A collaboration was initiated with Khyber Institute of Veterinary Sciences, Peshawar for collaboration in livestock entrepreneurship development (LED). A collaborative arrangement was agreed with CEBG, Pakistan Army for utilizing the semen and embryos from elite dairy and beef ruminants at the medium sized farms in the province and FATA. A collaboration on “Biorisk Management” is with process with the Sandia National Laboratories USA. A four-members delegation of the Park visited the Netherlands in March 2015 for launching the initiative and a 9-members delegation visited Dubai and a 14-members delegation visited Bangkok to develop Pakistan Biorisk Curriculum for Universities in the Pakistan and the Region. A letter of intent was signed with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences for collaborative research on development and trade of Halal products. Focal Points have been appointed for the Park for Australia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Netherlands, UAE, USA and Canada.
Emerging industries in milk and meat processing and marketing have been provided technical and Quality Control certification support to relieve threats from the District Administration. Several companies have been established in the private sector and 1000 unemployed veterinary graduates are being facilitated to establish entrepreneurs. The Senior Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Inayatullah Khan has allocated Rs.200 million for establishing a model slaughter house in consultation with the Park and has directed for establishment of Dairy Science Park Board to implement the idea in collaboration Peshawar Development Authority. An academic support was approved through provincial annual development program worth Rs.500 million.
DSP invites individuals and organizations to join us for achieving sustainable development goals of the United Nations and bringing a stable peace in the region. The upcoming fourth international workshop and industrial exhibition under Dairy Science Park scheduled for November 2017 in Istanbul will open new avenues for development and international linkages.
Prof M Subhan Qureshi PhD
(Chief Patron DSP/Dean FAHVS UAP)
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