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0.320m animals exported              
By Ahmad Fraz Khan

By Iftikhar A. Khan


SLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that as many as 3,20,489 animals were exported to different countries under the commercial export of live animals through open policy since May, 2009.

Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Mir Humayun Aziz Kurd told the House during the question hour that the commercial export of live animals was started about 19 months back. During last two financial years, 70,440 cattle, 64,849 buffaloes, 1,84,777 goats and sheep, AND 423 camels were exported.

Giving the break-up, he said a total of 5,515 animals, including 1,260 cattle, 1,825 buffaloes, 2,430 goats and sheep were exported in the year 2008-09.

In year 2009-10 the export soared to 3,14,947 animals, including 69,180 cattle, 63,024 buffaloes, 1,82,347 goats and sheep and 423 camels.

In addition, 6,976 animals were exported during the period through NOC issued by ministry of livestock and dairy development to foreign dignitaries through diplomatic channel. The countries where these animals were exported, inclu ded Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, Afghanistan, Oman and Bahrain.

Minister of Food and Agriculture Nazar Gondal informed the House that various steps were being taken to increase production of special crops in the country. However, no jute has been produced in the country during the last three years..
 

 


He said production of tea continued to register increase since 2007. Efforts were underway to bring maximum area under tea
cultivation in tea growing areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Gondal said a project was in progress to bring 4,200 acres of land under tea cultivation in KP and AJK through public-private partnership.

Cost free tea plants were being provided to the tea growers while credit facility had also been arranged with Zarai Taraqiati Bank limited (ZTBL).

 

He said presently, 1,130 acres of land were under olive plantation in KP, Punjab and Balochistan. Olive saplings were being provided to the growers at subsidised rate of Rs30 per sapling, besides provision of technical assistance and training to farmers.

Minister for Industries and Production Ayatullah Durrani informed the House that the government had taken timely measures to meet the domestic requirement of fertilizers and there was no shortage in the country.

On a point of order raised by Prof Khurshid, he said the country has sufficient stock of urea against total demand of about 6.4 million tons, while it is producing about 5.4 million tons and gap between demand and supply is being filled through imports.

He said prices of fertilizers were high as the factories were not producing urea up to their capacity due to interrupted gas supply. The fertilizers units have capacity to produce about 6.7 million tons, he pointed out.

The minister said about 63,000 tons of urea allocated for flood victims is in the government stock. He assured that the house price of the urea will stabilize after the supply of gas to the factories.

He said presently, the government is providing Rs320 subsidy on a urea bag.



Courtesy: The DAWN

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