ISLAMABAD – Pakistan could functions as the Halal kitchen of the world if the food industry and its associated sector is structured on modern lines as well as implementing the “Farm to Fork” approach and methodology.
This was the message conveyed by Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Technology and Science, Zahid Hamid at the inaugural session of World Halal Assembly, organised by the Standards and Meteorology Institute of Islamic Countries (SMIIC), which is a center of excellence of OIC countries, hosted by the Ministry for Science and Technology’s organisation Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA).
The minister expressed the hope that: “The event will allow individuals to get in touch with international and national industry front-runners, share best practices, monitor market trends via idea sharing, networking and liaising with each other through the concept sharing, liaising and networking with one another and seek out solutions to hurdles experienced by the Halal industry throughout the world”.
He stated that Worldwide Halal market is predicted at $3 trillion each year out of which the value of Halal foods industries is approximately $700 billion dollars. The Halal food and Non-food areas are growing at a fast pace, the explanation for this successful growth is the recognized safety and quality assurance of Halal products, giving a breakthrough in highly rewarding marketplaces of even low-Muslims majority countries around the world, such as Australia, China and the EU, the minister stated further.
The minister added that Pakistan is blessed with substantial livestock assets, fifth in the planet for cattle and buffalo populace (approximately 72 million), even then unfortunately a tiny proportion of the country’s meat products are being exported.
“Even Though Pakistani meat exporters mainly export to Muslim nations there is certainly great prospects of exporting Halal meat to non-conventional market segments. Pakistan could serve as the Halal Kitchen of the world so long as the food industry is re-aligned and re-established on modern lines,” the Minister proclaimed.
Chairman of SMIIC, Hulusi Senturk, also spoke at the event and said that SMIIC seeks to recognize harmonized standards within the member OIC countries: assist in building infrastructures within the 22 developing states so they are at par with the nations equipped with these requirements.
In order to enhance trade, he stressed that the OIC countries should complete the quality infrastructure, to work in harmony in accordance with WTO-TBT agreements.
The establishment of Halal System, a measure taken by OIC, includes unified Halal Accreditation and Certification was the very first step to eliminate the frustration existing in the market with large number of varied halal standards, qualification strategies, logos and emblems. Pir Bakhsh Jamali, Director General of Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority, claimed that Pakistan is a frequent and energetic member of SMIIC and is totally dedicated to its goals and objectives.