Govt asked to patronise dairy sector

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Islamabad(PR):The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday asked the government to promote dairy sector which has great potential. Government should streamline the informal dairy sector so that it can play more effective role in the economy and fulfil the needs of increasing population, it said.
The dairy sector has huge potential but it is stuck in problems and operating mostly in informal sector said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.
He said that despite lack of the government support, Pakistan is the world’s third largest milk producer with over 54 billion litres of production but only three to five percent of the output is marketed through formal channels.
The remaining milk is provided to consumers by locals catering for their needs but with no assurance regarding hygiene which has provided an opportunity to the processed milk sector to attract millions of customers in urban centres, he added.
Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that it will take years for the formal sector to grab ten percent share in the market as around ten million families are linked to the milk business with a minority having big farms.
The dairy sector contributes more than the crop sector but policymakers have always remained concerned about the later ignoring the growing dairy sector, he said adding that policy interventions for dairy development have been few.
The interest of investors has vanished resulting in little investment in dairy farms due to some issues linked to the authorities which should be noticed as growing population needs more milk.