Task Force on Dairy Science Park approved by Chief Minister KP

Task Force on Dairy Science Park approved by Chief Minister KP

Task Force on Dairy Science Park was approved by Senior Minister LGRD, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr Inayatullah Khan. The Task Force is being established as a temporary arrangement for establishment of the Dairy Science Park (DSP) Board in light of a wide-based high-level meeting chaired by the Senior Minister reflected in the note of Secretary Local Government, Election and Rural Development, Government of KP. The decision was made in a presentation by Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Dean FAHVS, UA Peshawar/Chief Patron Dairy Science Park, attended by Mr Sajjad PSO to the Senior Minister, Dr SM Suhail, Dr Shoaib Sultan and Mr Khalid Khan. PhD scholar.

The Honorable Senior Minister during a previous meeting of the representatives of the Department of LGE&RD,  L&DD, PDA, University of Agriculture Peshawar and the private sector, held on 3-3-2016, directed for: i) implementation of the ADP project worth Rs.200 million for establishing a modern slaughter house; ii) supporting academic component of DSP for SMEs and; iii) formulation of DSP Board through an Act of the Provincial Assembly.

Pursuantly, Secretary LGE&RD initiated a summary for the Chief Secretary which was appreciated as a novel idea by the ACS however, it was turned down by the Secretary Agriculture.

In the meantime DSP team kept on working and established Peshawar Meat through DSP Innovations, a private registered company. It has costed Rs 5 lacs and is able to generate income to the tune of Rs 1 lac per month. It will provide an opportunity to the farmers to sell their prime animals at higher rates and consumers to get access to prime meat at appropriate rates. It may be utilized as an entrepreneurship model for generating self employment for the youth and Halal meat production for the people and international market.

Consultation with Sandia National Labs USA is in progress and the fourth visit has been scheduled to Thailand on 19 April by a high level, 20-members delegation led by Finance Minister. Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on DSP will be held on 1-5, November, 2017 at Konya Turkey. The Park would like to join MoU signing on Halal meat collaboration by CM KP with Ex Prime Minister Malaysia, Mr Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, next week and similar other developmental activities. The United Nations has selected DSP as partner for SDG Action 9671.

Dr Azam Kakar, Director World Bank Quetta and team member producing the first-ever cloned “Dolly Sheep” will lead the Baluchistan Chapter of the Dairy Science Park and mobilize the resources of financial institutions, under Islamic system, to develop entrepreneurship for teh youth and produce hygienic food for local consumption and international Halal meat market, with a total value exceeding US$ 500 billions.

The Task Force would be helpful in mobilizing the provincial livestock resources for welfare of the people under the umbrella of Dairy Science Park. The Senior Minister was thankful to various national and international organizations in supporting this sacred mission and welcome collaboration to materialize the dream of bringing stable peace in the Region through coordinated efforts.

Business Recorder and Dawn Reported:

The management of the Agriculture University Peshawar (AUP) has locked horns with Chief Patron of the Dairy Science Park (DSP), Professor M Subhan Qureshi, a former Dean of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences (FAHVS) over his activities to promote the use of modern technology for the development of livestock sector.

DSP, an innovative idea for the promotion of modern technology for the development of the dairy sector of not only in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa rather across the country had organized two of its function in the auditorium of the university and then Vice Chancellor was also pleased to address the participants and welcome the VIP guests.

Recently a 50-member delegation headed by Special Assistant to KP Chief Minister on Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Arif Yousaf and comprising of the academia, businessmen and other stakeholders have participated in a two-day Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park (DSP) at Selcuk University in Konya, Turkey.

The Registrar of AUP has served the professor with a charge-sheet for negligence in case of misappropriation/ embezzlement of Rs 2.38 million unearthed in February, 2014 in the DTC/Dairy Farm Milk coupons sale ie the period he was holding the post of Dean, FAHVS and the appointment of a person as CPL Veterinary Supervisor in violation of SOPs and that due to his implicit assent, the said official continue to perform the duties at DTC. However, the professor says that the provincial government has acknowledged the importance of the role of dairy sector in the economic development and agreed with the proposal of the establishment of Task Force for Dairy Science Park.

In another letter written by a Director at Vice Chancellor Secretariat of the University, though agreed with the contentions of the Professor Dr Muhammad Subhan Qureshi regarding the mandate of the university or the faculty, but said that the approval of such matters from the relevant forums of the university like BOS, BOF, BASAR, AC and Syndicate is fundamental and mandatory.

The letter said that collaboration with any foreign agency, mares the ones based in countries carrying a hostile posture towards Pakistan is a sensitive matter and any such matter should have been initiated after special permission from the relevant authorities. The VC office has also objected to the use of DSP logo on official pad of the university bespeaks of university’s ownership of the DSP and asked him to remove it.

In the latest letter to the Chief Patron DSP, the VC Secretariat has asked all faculty members to dissociate themselves from the DSP and submit compliance report as well as a comprehensive and para-wise reply to the last and other letters within a period of three working days.

But, in response to these letters, Chief Patron DSP, Professor M Subhan Qureshi has clarified that DSP is not a private company and the case in this regard has been reached the office of the Director, VC Secretariat on the directives of the Chief Minister issued vide letter No.1813 dated 2-08-2017 to constitute a Task Force for Dairy Science Park, but the university regretfully withdrawing academic support from the DSP, which is not only against the official decorum and interest of the university and people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The reply further said that the office of the Director, VC Secretariat is bound to facilitate the office of the Vice Chancellor in improving efficiency and impact of the university by facilitating productive academicians to play their due role in generating solutions to the issues faced by the government, farmers, industry and civil society.