LAHORE- China-Pakistan cooperation on dairy industry and multiple demands for high-quality dairy products in China will open a contemporary path of development for Pakistan’s dairy industry. Chairman of the Pakistan-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI), Mr. Wang Zihai, voiced these views during a brainstorming session held at the PCJCCI secretariat on Sunday. He added: “We have learned that Pakistan is the largest exporter and producer of dairy products in South Asia; while Chinese technologies are cheap if we adopt the techniques and technology used by China, Pakistan could progress in this industry. The PCJCCI chairman said China is willing to further explore Pakistan’s dairy industry to see if it has an opportunity to be part of Pakistan in this sector. From 2011 to 2022, China’s dairy imports have grown at a compound annual growth of 12.3%, and demand continues to grow. Milk powder, fluid milk, high value dairy products such as whey, cheese, butter and cream are also in high demand in the Chinese market. JCCBI Senior Vice President Ehsan Choudhry said that currently China’s dairy imports come mainly from New Zealand (40.44%), the Netherlands (17.15%) and the United States. Australia (7.38%). The Pakistani government should support this industry to boost exports and domestic production, especially to control bulk milk adulteration. He claimed that local farmers face many problems, such as lack of education, latest storage facilities, milk transfer and cold storage; the government should come forward to train and educate them with modern technology. In this way, Chinese consumers’ demands for high-quality dairy products will be met. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s economic development, industrial upgrading and industrial chain extension can be expected in the process. PCJCCI Vice President Sarfaraz Butt said, “Livestock farming is one of the mainstays of the industry in Pakistan. Specifically, Balochistan, where Gawadar Port is located under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has unique advantages in raising beef cattle and dairy cows. He added that the construction of an epidemic-free zone in Gawadar Port is progressing in an orderly manner. If China’s industrial chain can be extended to Pakistan, it should achieve win-win results for the dairy industry of both countries. Common House Secretary Salahuddin Hanif said Pakistan was among the top five milk producers in the world, with more than 60 million tonnes of milk produced every year.
Such ventures and exports could certainly add value to the Pakistani economy.