Govt to introduce animal health act to promote livestock sector


LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that the provincial government will introduce animal health act to promote the livestock sector in the province.

He stated this while presiding over an important meeting at his office here on Friday during which the performance and future roadmap of livestock and transport departments were reviewed in detail.

The meeting decided to introduce animal health act for the promotion and development of the livestock sector in the province. The target of registration of one million animals was fixed and it was informed that registration of animals will help to produce a better breed which will yield more milk and meat.

It was also stated that crossbreed animals will be produced to get enhanced production of milk and meat by adopting IVF technology. The meeting directed to early complete the vaccination process for saving animals from different diseases in Bahawalpur.

Addressing the meeting, Sardar Usman Buzdar said that poultry project will be expanded to alleviate poverty hoping that it would generate many more opportunities for employment. He said that Punjab has a tremendous potential of increased production of milk and meat and the economy will also be strengthened due to the development of the livestock sector on modern lines. There is a dire need to give attention to research and development in the livestock sector, he added.

The chief minister said that livestock will be promoted to wriggle the rural folks from the quagmire of poverty as livestock plays the role of an engine for the betterment of the national economy. We will have to adopt the latest techniques for increased production of milk and meat and the livestock farmers will be informed about the latest methods of livestock farming, he added.

The heads of Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company and Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board gave detailed briefings about the steps taken for the development of the livestock sector.

Meanwhile, the heads of Punjab Mass Transit Authority and Lahore Transport Company also gave briefings about the transport department and the latest transport system. The Chief Minister said that government is working hard to provide the best transport facilities to the citizens and the latest transport service will also be introduced in backward areas of the province.

Provincial Ministers Hashim Jawan Bakht, Sardar Hasnain Bahadur Dreshak, Jehanzeb Khichi, Provincial Advisor Faisal Jabwana, Addl. Chief Secretary, administrative secretaries, and high officials were also present on the occasion.