Task Force on SDGs briefed on DSP Park
Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Cheif Patron Dairy Science Park and Mr Muhammad Bilal Aslam Poultry Consultant DSP attended the meeting of Task Force on Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The meeting was inaugurated and chaired by Speaker Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr Asad Qaisar. Targets and achievements made under SDG 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. The second session was chaired by Deputy Speaker Provincial Assembly, Ms Meher Taj Roghani. Eminent journalist like Mr Raheemullah Yousafzai, civil society representatives and members of parliament participated in the discussion.
Prof Qureshi presented the achievements made so far, under the Dairy Science Park. The DSP Society has emerged at the University of Agriculture Peshawar and has been involving in analyzing issues of the people and providing solutions through applied research and industrial linkage.
Dairy Science Park has analysed the local food production chain through a series of international conferences, workshops, field visits and postgraduate applied research at the University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan in collaboration with international partner in China, USA, France, etc. The status of livestock and poultry farms, slaughter houses, milk and meat processing facilities and packaging is far, far below standards.
A quality control certification, training, construction of slaughter houses and academic support proposals have been launched to respond to the issue. The Camber of Commerce and Industries has established a business facilitation desk and a standing committee on livestock to address these issues.
The Senior Minster Local Government has allocated Rs.200 million for establishing a state of the arts slaughter house to produce quality meat for local consumption and international Halal food market. The livestock and poultry resources have been considered for entrepreneurship development for self employment of the educated youth. Interest of the producers, consumers, service providers and marketing partners need to be protected through KP Dairy Science Park Act. The Senior Minister has agreed on supporting the University of Agriculture Peshawar through academic support to livestock SMEs.