Pakistan plans to export dairy products to China

LAHORE:

Cooperation between China and Pakistan in the dairy sector and China’s huge demand for high-quality dairy products will pave the way for the development of Pakistani industry.
dairy industry.

Chairman of the Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) Wang Zihai voiced the views during a brainstorming session held at the PCJCCI secretariat on Tuesday.

“We learned that Pakistan is the largest exporter and producer of dairy products in South Asia. The Pakistani dairy industry could progress if we adopt the techniques and technologies used by China,”
he maintained.

The PCJCCI chairman stressed that China is willing to explore more opportunities in Pakistan’s dairy industry. From 2011 to 2022, China’s dairy imports grew at a compound annual growth rate of 12.3%, and demand continued to increase.

Milk powder, liquid milk, high value-added dairy products such as whey, cheese, butter and cream are in high demand in the Chinese market.

Speaking on the occasion, PCJCCI Senior Vice President Ehsan Choudhry said that currently Chinese dairy imports come mainly from New Zealand (40.44%), the Netherlands (17.15% ) and Australia (7.38%).

“The Pakistani government is supporting this industry to boost exports and domestic production, especially to control bulk milk adulteration,” he said.

He pointed out that local farmers face many problems, such as lack of education and lack of storage, transport and cold storage facilities.

The government should come forward to train and educate them with modern technology. This way, Chinese consumers’ demand for high-quality dairy products would be met, he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s economic development, industrial upgrading and industrial chain extension can be expected in
the process.

PCJCCI Vice Chairman Sarfaraz Butt said livestock farming is one of the pillar industries in Pakistan, especially in Balochistan where Gwadar Port was located under CPEC. “Raise beef cattle and dairy cows have unique advantages.”

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Published in The Express Tribune, July 28e2022.

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