Pakistan is ranked in top 5 dairy milk producing countries of the world. This in value terms is tremendous. What the department of trade, agriculture, milk and livestock needs to do along with the support of federal government is to promote the animal feed industry and improve veterinary services of dairy animals across Pakistan and improve the processing, storage and transportation of milk in hygienic condition up to dairy factories.
In value terms each litre of good quality milk sold in international market after tetra long life packing and shipping cost with profit, can be sold at less than $ 1 per litre and with Pakistan’s milk production at 290 billion litres a year, this sector alone could boost the exports of Pakistan and provide much needed employment and income to the small dairy farmers, and earn excellent foreign exchange for the government.
Some of the main ways to boost dairy industry, is to remove all duties for three years on all milk chillers, so that more milk chillers of better quality and larger capacity can be set up in more areas of the country, and also remove all duties on extra large refrigerated bulk milk carrying trucks, so that more of these could be made available to carry larger quantities of milk over longer distances.
This incentive in the short term will boost the formal milk sector in the long term and generate good income for the government. Also in medium term, agriculture department should develop better fodder through high yield crops. Livestock department and formal dairy industries should also provide good quality veterinary services at affordable cost to all dairy farmers, to improve health and milk yield of animals in all areas of Pakistan where livestock is available