KP Chamber of Agriculture and DSP enter into collaboration.

KP Chamber of Agriculture and DSP enter into collaboration.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Agriculture and Dairy Science Park entered into collaboration to serve the farmers, processors and service providers in the best possible manner. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two orgainzations led by Mr Siraj ud Daula, President KPCA and Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Chief Patron DSP. The meeting was attended by Mr Kamran Khan, Seretary DSP, Dr Naeem Durrani Ex-DG NARC, Dr Ghufranullah Ex-DG L&DD Research KP, Mr Asif Awan President KP Livestock Farmers Association and his colleagues.

Chamber of Agriculture KP and Dairy Science Park would collaborate through “Commercialization of livestock sector in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (CLS)” for transforming the indigenous resources into useful services for the society.

The MoU will focus on establishment of AgriMarts for display and marketing of produce of registered livestock farmers and establishment of common facilities centers for serving the registered farmers under an Endowment Fund. Improved technologies will be demonstrated in fodder production, dairy farming, calf fattening, products processing, etc. A modern slaughter house will be established as already approved by the Senior Minister Local Government under Annual Development Program of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Task Force on Dairy Science Park, already approved by the Chief Minister KP will be pursued. Biennial series of conferences and industrial exhibitions on Dairy Science Park will be continued in continuations to those held during November 2011, 2013, 2015 at Peshawar and during 2017 at Konya; the next conference scheduled for Khartum, Sudan on November 4-8, 2019. Entrepreneurship development will be ensured across food value chain certifying public health safety, and and farming innovations will be introduced for energy efficient and environmental-friendly housing, biogas, solar equipment, etc. Consultative meetings of stakeholders will be held for training and research on entrepreneurship development and biohazards in the region as they relate to livestock and poultry production, value addition and marketing.

Earlier, executive members of Butchers’ and Farmers’ Associations met under Dairy Science Park to discuss the burning issues of the producers, processors and the consumers. Dual control of the quality of milk and meat by the offices of Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the KP Food Safety and Halal Food Authority (KPFSHFA) was found as the biggest hurdle in operation of the small businesses. The DC office has fixed a flat rate for milk and meat with out considering the quality-based grading of the products. KPFSHFA raids the small businesses and imposes heavy fines without providing any guidelines or warning for improvement. Resultantly many dairy farmers selling pure milk on rates acceptable to the consumers but somewhat higher than those fixed by DC, have terminated their operations. 

The participants wondered why the government was not interested in providing solutions to the burning issues to save the small businesses and where the development resources are spent? Under the newly agreed MoU, the farmers, butchers, experts, service providers and expxerts will be registered and frequents meetings will be held to analyse the issues faced by the stakeholders and chalk out plans for providing solutions.