I have been associated with and involve in the Poultry Industry of Pakistan since 1985. When i look back the evolutionary process of commercial poultry farming in our country I am reminded of several individuals and companies. Most of the farmers, entrepreneurs, scientists, nutritionists and technologists were men of understanding and vision. They realized that affordable high protein food was primary need of masses. They foresaw at very early stage that urbanization, industrialization and a very rapidly multiplying population will combine to progressively shrink to agricultural areas which in turn will severely tax food resources. They clearly understood that they had a major dilemma on their hands which if not resolve, will quickly high protein food beyond the reach of the common man.
Thanks to their collective wisdom, these dedicated people set their goals and embarked upon their mission way back in the early 60’s. many will remember the commencement of commercial poultry farming in Pakistan with introduction of the “PIA-SHAVER”. With the creation of Pakistan Poultry Association a much needed centralized national platform became available to Pakistan Poultry sector traditional background Poultry rearing culture quickly transformed into a vibrant industry in our country.
It is no small feat that poultry today has established itself as a major high protein food resource for our population of 200 million people at generally affordable prices. It is truly creditable that commercial poultry farming has stemmed the onslaught of the rapidly depleting mutton and beef resources. Poultry sector generates employment and income for about 1.5 million people directly and indirectly. Pakistan Poultry Association is providing affordable protein at less cost of vegetable even. We must encourage our people to take more chicken and eggs to fulfill the requirement of healthy body. An indigenous supply chain from parent stock to farms, produce at retail outlets in each and every corner of the country, matches international aspirations.
I would also place on record my heartiest gratitude to Mr. Naseem Sadiq, Secretary Livestock & Dairy Development Department, Government of Punjab, for their effective cooperation, coordination and constant support, which they have extended to resolve the problems of poultry Sector. The Cooperation of my colleagues in Pakistan Poultry Association such as Haji Muhammad Bashir, Mr. Khalil Sattar, Dr. Muhammad Amjad, Dr. Muhammad Aslam, Dr. Muhammad Sadiq, Mian Mumtaz A. Sheikh, Mr. Raza Mehmood Khursand, Mr. Abdul Basit, Dr. F.M. Sabir, Dr. Anwer Mehmood Randhawa, Mr. Khalid Salim Malik, Dr. Muhammad Mustafa Kamal, Mr. Abdul Haye Mehta, Mr. Khaleeque Arshad, Major (Retd) Syed Javaid Hussain Bukhari, Zonal Secretary is highly commendable and appreciated.