The Pakistan poultry industry is calling for government support in getting the country approved as a meat exporter in Halal food-importing countries, saying that there is significant potential for the export of chicken products to the European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council countries, as well as North America.

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According to producers, no significant exports can take place without government support. Pakistan should provide incentives to poultry exporters and freight services from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad at preferential lower rates to help boost exports of perishable commodities such as hatching eggs and day-old chicks, said the poultry producers. In addition, import duties on such products, which have been lowered, should be raised ­— or the imports banned — to protect the domestic market.