Islamabad: The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is ready to step up to foster the halal industry of Pakistan and capture international halal food products market worth $3 trillion.
An inter-ministerial meeting will soon be convened to expedite the progress on halal food, and to make the industry compliant to international standards.
An official from the ministry pointed out the necessity of boosting standards in order to increase the exports of the country. “There is a strong need to develop standards and enact laws to advertise our halal products, it will boost our exports especially in the Middle East and Europe,” he said.
According to him, Pakistan needs professionals in the field because increased consumer awareness regarding food safety standards contribute towards raising demand for halal, healthy and hygienic food.
“There is strong need of developing standards and enacting a law to advertise our Halal food products, and will boost our export especially in Middle East and Europe”, an official from the ministry pointed out the necessity of boosting standards in order to increase the exports of the country, here on Monday.
“We possess all imperative elements for halal products’ production and have to streamline them to meet the demand of the market,” he added.
He said that the creation of the Punjab Halal Development Agency (PHDA) is a step forward and would help make Pakistan a hub by opening new avenues for entering the global market, while serving the domestic needs as well.
Demand for healthy and safe agro-livestock food products is increasing rapidly with the escalating population growth rate and socio-economic conditions.
This will also open up new economic opportunities and employment for the youth and traders.
PHDA, being a leading entity of government of the Punjab is established to prescribe standards and processes for Halal Certification of food and non-food sector in line with research and advanced laboratory testing facilities.
Official said that MoST will promote the halal Industry of the country by maintaining international standards. Halal standards for livestock, beverages, by-products, cosmetics and other edibles will also be introduced, which will build trust on Pakistani products and enhance the export volume.
Here on Tuesday in Lahore Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof Talat Naseer Pasha has said the growth rate of Halal meat export last year was 34 percent which can be increased to 55 percent which is the highest growth rate in any field of export.
In an exclusive talk with media on Sunday, he said that during the last year Pakistan exported red meat worth US$ 120 million which might increase as the Halal export meat industry was sharply growing in the world.
Responding to a question, he said that establishment of a authentication lab in the country was a need of the hour as there was rapidly increasing worldwide demand for Halal products. He said the Halal industry was rapidly growing in the world as its trade volume was $3 trillion in which 80 percent share.