Lahore, April 13, 2016 (PPI-OT): Pakistan can make a paradigm shift in export by exporting Omasum, the second stomach of Cows and buffaloes, to China as per Phyto-sanitary standards. It was disclosed by Shah Faisal Afridi, president Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce in a statement issued here today after a meeting with Mr. George Sun, Chairman, Jinan Kemp international Trading Company who has planned to import 200 containers of Omasum every month from Pakistan.
Shah Faisal Afridi elaborated that the organ ‘Omasum’ is currently being exported to China in raw on a very low price. But, it can enhance export earnings manifold if its export to China is managed in the processed and value added form, he added and quoted Mr. George Sun as saying that Omasum has a huge demand in China due to its nutritious and medicinal value.
It has also been learnt through George Sun that Chinese meat requirement is increasing rapidly with the growing economy, as Chinese are turning away from their traditional diet of Rice and vegetables. He further informed that Chinese farmers are unable to keep pace with demands of meat, because only 14 per cent of China’s land is arable and to get meat you need more land, cattle feed and Water. China is short of all three basic requirements, he said adding that China has no way but to import meat from the international market.
Currently China is importing meat from Vietnam, Brazil and Australia, who are struggling to complete the demand and maintain the requisite standard too. Therefore, Shah Faisal Afridi has urged the local meat traders and the government of Pakistan to adopt the phyto-Sanitary standards to capture huge market of Meat in China.
PCJCCI Chief Faisal Afridi said that the shift from rice to meat diet in China could be very encouraging for Pakistani meat industry. Faisal Afridi elaborated that Meat industry in Pakistan is already on a way to development. The export of the meat (beef, mutton, and camel meat) has increased from US $ 108.54Million (2010-11) to US $123.61Million in 2013-14 showing an increase of 13.9%. What is direly needed is transformation of the country’s fodder industry, which still employs primitive methods of animal feed, to a modern-era industry, said Mr. Afridi.
He said that Pakistan has the 10th largest Livestock population in the world -180 million animals growing at 4.2% annually moreover there are above four dozens breeds of sheep and goats that have helped Pakistan become second largest goat meat producing country, but our exports are still lacking far behind because of having limited techniques and skilled labour. He proposed to avail of Chinese assistance to have training for enhancing the skills and Livestock techniques up to the world’s standard.
For more information, contact:
Wardah Ali Gohar
Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI)
Mega Tower, 309 – 6th Floor,
Main Boulevard, Gulberg II,
Lahore, Punjab – Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-35777460-02, +92-42-37032203, +92-42-35874353