Incentives for poultry urged in Pakistan
The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged
Punjab chief minister Pervaiz Elahi to announce a package of incentives for the
local poultry industry similar to the one offered to the foreign investors in
Chamber president Shahid Hassan Sheikh has stated that the local poultry
industry would not be able to survive in the absence of matching
According to him, the poultry sector currently contributes 30-35% of the
total meat consumption, and generating employment and hence income for about 1.2
million people. Additionally, the sector produces 4.14 million eggs and about
990,000 million kg of meat.
He continued in saying that the poultry industry, supplying the cheapest
available meat protein, had prospered because of the government's support, but
the Pakistan Poultry Association was now concerned over the reports of signing
an agreement between the government of Pakistan and a group of Thailand to start
poultry business here.
Foreign investment was always welcome in developing countries, he said, but
it should not be at the cost of the local industry.
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