Beijing, May 4 ) A seminar on cooperation between Chinese and Pakistani animal husbandry and fisheries was held to achieve future goals in the sector.
Leading experts and companies in the livestock and fisheries sectors of the two countries discussed bilateral cooperation in educational and industrial programs and possible steps to make such cooperation a reality.
Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhr Imam, identified “numerous challenges” in harnessing Pakistan’s rich reserves of livestock and fisheries resources.
He urged Pakistan to upgrade its infrastructure through joint ventures with China, technology transfer and skillful farming, and modernize its livestock and fishing industries by building a meaningful supply chain.
These challenges have been echoed by Dr. Muhammad Akram, President, Fisheries Development Board, Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR), and Khurshid Ahmed, Director, MNFSR.
According to Dr. Ahmed, Pakistan is home to 208 million edible animals with an annual milk production of more than 60 million tons and an annual production of poultry eggs of 20 billion.
He said that the quality and production of such livestock and fishery products could be further improved through capacity building with Chinese technologies, and through genetic improvement and joint research efforts in other animal and fishing sciences.
Experts and businesses discussed current and future cooperation in research, industry, and business developments in both fields.
Regarding the livestock sector, Li Jinhui, deputy secretary general of the China Animal Agriculture Association and president of the China Broiler Alliance, said, “Beef is the largest importer and a major importer of mutton and poultry. Pakistan has ample opportunities to increase beef and mutton exports.
According to Chinese Chairman Zhang Baozing, despite the huge potential for exports, Pakistan’s cattle distribution is plagued by animal diseases, especially foot and mouth disease (FMD), a contagious and sometimes deadly viral disease. Which affects cattle and goats. Overseas Ports Holding Company.
FMD’s concern was raised by Chen Yai, CEO of China’s Royal Group. Mr Chen expressed interest in working with Pakistani universities and companies to promote the buffalo industry through semen and embryo cooperation. But FMD is a serious threat to this effort.
Shane Jin, Deputy General Manager, QHH Biotech Co., Ltd., described the FMD-free zone as an effective competition against FMD. Under the FMD deal signed between China and Pakistan in 2019, China will help establish FMD free zones in Pakistan and Balochistan to ensure the health of these animals.
Further initiatives include the establishment of an animal immunization plant and the establishment of a certification system. According to Dr. Hee Cheng, a professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at China Agricultural University, Pakistan’s meat exports from FMD free zones will increase by -15 12-15 billion.
In addition to the FMD Free Zone, Dr. Masood Rabbani, a professor at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, sees great potential in scientific and research collaboration such as genetic research in buffalo and buffalo farming.
Dr. Masood Rabbani said, “We now have (some) expertise in the university, which can facilitate the private sector in adopting new technologies.” Ahrar Khan introduced several MoUs and programs between Chinese and Pakistani universities to promote animal science skills and cooperation in the pharmaceutical industry.
Cooperation in the fisheries sector is also promised. Expert Zhujun, director of international cooperation at the Chinese Academy of Fisheries, showed how China has achieved sustainable aquaculture through aquaculture information projects (AIPs). Mr Ma emphasized that the AIP project should be adapted locally and that Pakistan had great potential for its implementation.
Huang Tianqing, a representative of the Salmon Farming Innovation Team at the Chinese Academy of Fisheries Sciences, Heilongjiang River Fisheries Research Institute, introduced how Pakistan can develop its salmon sector through Chinese breeding and cultivating technology.
Dr. Rehana Kausar, Director, Institute of Animal Sciences, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, elaborated on the current plans for cooperation with Chinese research institutes in fish farming and cultivation techniques, and Chinese in the processing and storage of freshwater products. Extensive cooperation is expected with the Institute.
To facilitate bilateral cooperation in the areas of animal husbandry and fisheries, Chinese Consul General in Karachi, Li Beijian, advises Chinese companies to “provide equal training and capacity building.”