LAHORE: Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (Smeda) has facilitated Rs400 million investment in the current year by establishing 13 modern dairy farms in the private sector, running successfully under the environmentally controlled shed systems.
Karin Eriksson, chairperson of the breeding committee of the cooperative AI stat and breeding organisation, ‘Skane Semin’ from Sweden, addressed a press conference at the Smeda headquarters. Smeda CEO Yousaf Naseem Khokhar welcomed Eriksson and other international guests and apprised them about Smeda’s contribution to dairy sector’s development.
The international dairy experts expressed immense satisfaction over the operation of Smeda’s developed dairy farms. They certified that modern technologies with cows imported from Sweden were being looked after as per international standards in these farms. They hoped that the milk production in these farms could be increased further by providing more training to the farm management team. They suggested to Smeda to plan training programmes for dairy farmers to work more efficiently in line with the climate controlled shed ystem.
According to the experts, during their three-day stay in Lahore they met over 100 dairy farmers and shared their knowledge and experience at a seminar organised by Smeda at Phool Nagar. They were impressed by the high interest expressed by local farmers to acquire modern knowledge of the dairy industry.
Roelof van den Berg, chairman of Export Net NV, Netherlands, said that the expansion of environmentally controlled shed systems in Pakistan is an indicator of dairy industry development. He observed that Pakistan would be able to make a breakthrough in the production of processed milk in the upcoming years. Khokhar, in a separate meeting with the visiting diary experts, said that Pakistan is the fourth largest milk producer in the world and the dairy sector provides immense opportunities to new investors to reap benefits from the growing market.