Over 60 exhibitors are going to participate in the sixth edition of the Livestock, Dairy, Fisheries and Agriculture (LDFA) Exhibition and Seminar, according to Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) and Sindh Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF) Chairperson Naheed Memon.
Memon said a number of foreign investors, foreign companies and international agricultural experts were expected to participate in the LDFA fair.
There will be 20 exhibitors promoting exotic birds, while 13 agricultural companies, 19 local and international companies and banks, two dairy and livestock companies, six poultry and fishery companies and 10 associated institutions and trade bodies will also participate. Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Memon Mujeebuddin Sahrai said the SEDF and SBI chairperson would launch on the inaugural day the ‘Agri Business Challenge’ for students of the university. In the competition, three best proposals will be sponsored by the SEDF for their implementation.
SEDF CEO Mehboobul Haq saw a huge potential in the livestock, dairy and fisheries sectors in Sindh as Pakistan was ranked the fifth largest milk producer with annual production of 38.69 billion litres. However, out of this quantity, only a small fraction is processed.
Discussing the livestock population, the CEO added, 28% of buffaloes, 27% cattle, 24% sheep, 28% camels and 40% poultry were found in Sindh.
“The potential of Halal meat exports and the ever-rising gap between the demand and production of meat and milk makes Sindh a very lucrative investment destination,” he added.
SBI Director Projects Abdul Azeem Uqaili said the government of Sindh was committed to promoting the dairy sector not only for food security but also for improving value addition and the value chain.
The objectives of LDFA 2017 are to position Sindh as an economically viable province by identifying the areas and locations for investment, and to engage financial institutions and investors for promoting the agriculture sector.
Sindh Agriculture University Director Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar told the media that the last five exhibitions had cumulatively generated Rs1 billion worth of business and commercial deals and boosted the agrarian economy of Sindh.
Correspondent. Agriculture industry: Foreign companies to participate in Sindh fair. The Express Tribune. January 13, 2017.