KARACHI – The soft launching of the Sindh Livestock Expo 2021 was held at a local marquee on Saturday. The 2nd edition of the exhibition is being held in Hatri By-Pass Hyderabad from March 13 to 15 2021 by the Sindh Animal Husbandry Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Agriculture, Sports and Youth and the Ministry of Information, Sindh.
Minister of Information Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah was the guest of honor at the ceremony while Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Ismail Rahu, Minister of Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Engineering Abdul Bari Pitafi Director General (Ditjen) Tourism Aleem Lashari, Secretary of Animal Husbandry Qazi Aijaz Mahessar, Consul General (CG) from Thailand to Karachi, Secretary General of the Karachi Dairy Farmers Association Muhammad Mukhtar, farmer representatives Shakir Umar Gujjar, Owner of Jameel Memon’s Largest Buffalo Farm and residents attended the ceremony.
Responding to the event, Syed Nasir Shah said that the first edition of the Livestock Expo 2020 was successful and added that it was a complete expo. He said: “I congratulate Engineer Abdul Bari Pitafi and his team for making it happen and hope this 2nd edition will provide great opportunities for farmers and livestock sector businesses to improve their business using the latest technology and modern farming methods.”
He said the Sindh government was putting forward the vision of Chairman Bilalwal Bhutto Zardari and improvements had been made in all sectors.
Minister of Agriculture Muhammad Ismail Rahu stated that the exhibition had raised issues of the livestock sector and added that the livestock sector was one of the main sectors of our economy but was unfortunately neglected.
He said the population in arid areas only depends on livestock. He said that the public and private sectors must make concerted efforts to advance the livestock sector and with this step, not only the country’s economy will improve but also the lives of millions of people can be lifted.
The Minister of Animal Husbandry Engineering, Abdul Bari Pitafi, said that the aim of holding the soft launch event of the Livestock Expo 2021 in Karachi is aimed at attracting livestock sector business companies and foreign diplomatic missions and attracting investment in the sector.
“Livestock Expo 2021 is a bridge between breeders, progressive growers, companies, large livestock sector business owners and overseas representatives,” said the Minister of Animal Husbandry, adding that 44 percent of our population is completely dependent on livestock and whether we can modernize old farming methods, 44 percent of the population can be prosperous.
He said, in the last 72 years only the industrial sector has become our focus, but the livestock or agriculture sector which has become the raw material for the industrial sector has been neglected. He added that the original cattle loaf has great potential and we are presenting 40 goat loaves and 12 buffalo and cow patties at the upcoming expo.
He added: “After the addition of the first Expo, we have learned a lot. We have signed an MoU with Punjab on vaccination of livestock before crossing the provincial border, in collaboration with the Rawal Pindi Dry Zone University for various loaves of cattle and the Sindh government has allocated funds to develop businesses in the livestock sector. “
He said after the success of Expo 2020, Muslim sister countries such as Malaysia were considering importing meat from Pakistan rather than India again.
Previously, Qazi Aijaz Ahmed Mahessar Animal Husbandry Secretary welcomed the guests and explained the intent and purpose of the 2nd edition of the livestock fair. In the end, souvenirs and shields were presented to the guests and contributors as well as the farmers.