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Thursday, September 12, 2013
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Rawalpindi

 

An Ostrich Breeding Farm will be established at Pir Mehr Ali Shah — Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). This was decided in a meeting between PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pakistan Ostrich Company (POC) Raja Tahir Latif here on Tuesday.

 

On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Safdar Anjum & Dr. Nasir Mukhtar Department of Poultry Science PMAS-AAUR and Brig. Khurrum and Col Tayyb were also present.

 

In the meeting, it was decided that PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with POC will help the farmers in setting up ostrich farm and will provide complete training, technical assistance, consultancy, medication to ensure safe and risk free investment in ostrich farming. Both organisations also agreed to help ostrich farmers in managing every stage of ostrich farming from chick rearing, breeding, hatching and brooding.

 

PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad said that climate and land of Pakistan is very suitable for ostrich farming. It is an opportune time for Pakistan to capture its share in the international market by rearing the ostrich commercially and launching its products both locally and in the international markets. He further stated that ostrich farming is a real solution to overcome the shortage of meat in the country and could earn foreign exchange. He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Ostrich Company for promotion of ostrich farming in Pakistan. He assured full support from PMAS-AAUR for Ostrich farming.

 

Pakistan Ostrich Company CEO Raja Tahir Latif, in his discussion highlighted the benefits of ostrich farming, and said that it was considered to be among the most profitable agricultural projects today in the world and often referred to as the ‘farms of the future’ because of the high profit potential.

 

It was also decided in a meeting that a seminar on Ostrich farming will be soon held at PMAS-AAUR in collaboration with Pakistan Ostrich Company for Awareness and promotion of ostrich farming in Pakistan.