Pakistan's poultry sector, which has become the second-largest industry (after textile) in the country, could expand further with the proper investment, according to Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Professor Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha.
The industry has a local investment of Rs 300 billion (US$3.16 billion) and has been growing at a rate of 8 percent to 10 percent, well above the 3.5 percent of agriculture or 4 percent of livestock. If biosecurity measure were invested in, said Pasha, the industry could expand further still. According to typical biosecurity standards, farm-to-farm distance should be at least one kilometer and vans engaged for picking up flocks should be under a prescribed protocol. There are currently no such regulations in existence in Pakistan, according to Pasha, who has called for the setting up of combine laboratories to ensure the quality of food and feed of livestock. He said the government should make a combine system to gauge the quality of food and animal feed as well as meat.