|Department of Economics & Business Management|
Export Facilitation Center for Livestock and Poultry Industry (EFCLP)
Recently the livestock sector has emerged as a priority sector. Livestock has been subsistence sector dominated by small holders to meet their needs of milk, food and cash income on daily basis. In the rural areas, livestock is considered as a more secure source of income for the small farmer’s and landless poor’s. It has become important source of employment generation in rural areas. The poverty incidence in Pakistan is determined by income variability and thus livestock is the best hope for poverty reduction as it can uplift the socioeconomic conditions of our rural masses.
Agriculture of Pakistan has always contributed largely in its economic activity and development. When it comes to livestock the share of this particular subsector in the national economy is consistently at arise in the last decade or so. It was contributing merely 39% in agriculture in 2002, which has now grown up to 58.6% (Economic survey of Pakistan 2015-16). If we compare the significance of livestock in national GDP of our neighboring countries, Pakistan is again at the top with 11.80% contribution as compared to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (2014). Now, there is a need to facilitate the livestock sector to excel in export through capacity building. The countries, which have a big share in export of Livestock products in Global market, have a well-established/active Export facilitation centers, which continuously guide the industry for getting cutting edges and competitive advantages.
It’s a great pleasure for all of us that Export Facilitation Center for Livestock and Poultry Industry (EFCLP) has started its formal functioning at UVAS Business School, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore. This center is aiming to facilitate exporters in the fields of livestock and poultry sectors.