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Opinion: Pakistan lagging in halal meat export

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Halal Research Council is organising an international workshop on “Halal Meat” on October 08, 2013 in Dubai to highlight the need and importance of halal meat. This was stated by the Halal Research Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muhammad Zubair Mughal in a statement issued here on Saturday.

He said that the halal meat market is growing rapidly throughout the world and its demand is increasing day by day and its volume has reached $300 billion. But Pakistan is ranked 18th in the production of halal meat and its volume is only 2.9 percent of global halal meat production, which is very low. Zubair Mughal mentioned that Pakistan can play pivotal role in this growing market because Pakistan have more than 160 million quality livestock including 71 million cattles & buffaloes and 89 million goats & sheep. He pointed out that no Muslim country is found in the list of first 10 Halal meat exporters, although Pakistan, Sudan and other Muslim countries have big potential of exporting Halal meat globally.


He said that at least 26 halal meat industries are also based on bi-products of halal meat. Casings, bone-crushing, production of gelatine, sausages, leather production are associated with it.

He said Halal meat is not only the name of meat but more than 26 Halal industries are also based on bi-products of Halal meat eg Casings, Bone crashing, Gelatin, Sausages, leather and other industries are associated with it. He said October 08 Halal Conference will be participated by renowned experts, Professor Dr Javaid Awan – Agriculture University Faisalabad, Nasib Ahmad Saifi – Chief Executive Officer- Anis Associates Pvt Ltd, former Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman, Chairman Punjab Halal Development Agency, Government of Pakistan and other international speakers.

He said that the current food technology has put the halal meat in a critical situation, particularly processing techniques to obtain the food with the use of different chemicals.



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