Milk and meat products have demonstrated various physiological and functional roles in human body. Pakistan is among the top five milk producing countries in the world with about 50 MT/annum productions alongside ranked 2nd in global buffalo milk production. Nevertheless, dairy industry is facing crisis at processing & production level that influence milk yield, quality and value addition. There is a dire need to address these challenges, identifying root causes and working on sustainable solutions to boost this field.
Globally, meat makes up a considerable portion of the typical diet. It contributes protein, minerals, vitamins and fat, and these nutrients are important for their beneficial effects on our well-being. Demand for meat based products has been escalating in all regions of the world due to the momentous rise in the world population. Meat is, nevertheless, sold as one of the high-priced food commodities particularly in the developing countries. The amount of meat consumed in different countries varies enormously with social, economic and political influences, religious beliefs and geographical differences. It is very large in meat-producing areas such as Uruguay, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, at 300 g per head per day compared with an average of 10-18 g in Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. There is a constantly increasing demand for meat in the developing countries which can be satisfied by augmented domestic consumption and imports. It is thought that the major increase in domestic production will come from small producers rather than from creating large production units but these lack the essential facilities for producing safe and wholesome products. If there is to be a significant increase in meat production it will require clear policy decisions with the necessary financial, legislative and technical support. There is considerable potential for increased supplies through better management, selection of animals, avoidance of waste and making use of indigenous species. If halal meat exports are to be considered then attention has to be paid to the strict hygienic and safety requirements involved, whatever the domestic market might tolerate.
Milk and meat industry is an important part of Pakistan’s economy, contributing important share in the national GDP. The international conference on “Foods of animal origin” will provide chance to dairy sector stakeholders to discuss emerging issues from milking to marketing and tailor the problem solving strategies. Moreover, participation of eminent scientists in the conference will be a leap forward towards building and strengthening long lasting scientific and technological collaboration between the nations. In this mega event, there will be a handsome representation of academician, local industry and entrepreneurs. They will be able to negotiate on current scenario and future challenges to industry and share their technical expertise for the development of strong futuristic plans.
1. Conference will provide a platform to all stakeholders of animal origin foods of quality to address key issues in production, collection, processing and marketing of products with special focus on their sustainable solutions
2. Conference will provide opportunities for the delegates to personally exchange innovative ideas and experiences to establish strong research based relations between academicians and industry
Eat and drink, but do not waste, for Allah does not love those who waste Al-Quran