A Beacon of Hope for the young generation across Food Value Chain

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, although rich in natural resources, face issues like unemployment, terrorism and lack of access to quality foods. The cover picture of this Action Plan reflects the DSP Good Governance Model for livestock technoparks, founded on the six SDGs; initiated through on-campus development of entrepreneurship models; supported by extension and research wings and industry/civil society for building   the entrepreneurship network; leading to Halal food export.

Mr Kamran Khan, an animal husbandry graduate and his wife a medical graduate, may be presented as a successful entrepreneurship model. They have adopted their professional knowledge as a source of livelihood for his family. They are a source of relief for the farming community, a Beacon of Hope for the young generation and a sign of relief for the quality conscious food consumers in the city.

Presently the livestock and poultry farmers face difficulty in connecting with service providers, especially the fair marketing dealers. Health issues are usually chronic and the low quality of medicine, under-dosing of antibiotics, therapeutic approach of the veterinary practitioner instead of preventive, poor housing/ventilation and lack of hygienic practices affect the farm profit, adversely. The dairy, fattening, poultry and fish farmers are usually afraid of animal health issues. Very few veterinary practitioners find popularity among the farmers’ community, based on their performance and contribution in combating animal health issues and raising farm profitability and sustainability. The farmers usually consult veterinary practitioners in case of severe disease outbreaks and mortality of animals. This is called fire brigade treatment and is a source of income for the veterinary practitioners and input suppliers. The farmers fail to realize the hidden losses at their farms due to under and overfeeding, toxic feeds, parasitic infections, infertility and other issues of economic importance.

The proposed Livestock Technopark Peshawar will engage and train the DVM unemployed graduates as well as in service veterinarians to visit the registered farmers on monthly basis for observing the animals’ health and productivity cases with special emphasis on the hidden losses due to bad hygiene, parasitic infestation or toxic feeds. The veterinary practitioner will act as animal healers, public health protectors as well as economy boosters. All the three aspects would help the farmers to get maximum benefits out of minimum investment, producing milk, meat and eggs with the qualities of accepted standards, through our registered labs. Engineering, medical, business and other graduates in natural and social sciences would be motivated to establish services in their respective areas.

LDD Ext Department would be engaged in developing special training modules for entrepreneurship development. They will host the Policy Implementation Cell and collaborate with LTP and its regional bodies. The hospitals would be utilized for shifting their therapeutic approach in disease control towards preventive and business advisory one. The outdoor cases would be encouraged and institutional based practice would be allowed on the analogy of medical doctors provided under Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical Teaching Institutions Reforms Act, 2015. The veterinary doctor would utilize his skills as animal healer, public health protector and economy booster. The Policy Implementation Cell would help in farming innovation and commercialization, providing an enabling environment for entrepreneurship development. New breeding innervations would be developed and introduced for enhancing growth rate, fertility and fecundity of animals.

LDD Res would work on applied research to control diseases, vaccine improvement and commercial production and advanced research in collaboration with the universities. They would help in Biorisk management research and development in collaboration with Khyber Medical University and University of Agriculture Peshawar. They will host Livestock Technopark Peshawar and LBSCs at Peshawar Kohat and Abbottabad and collaborate with LBSCs at other locations.

Directorate General would appoint a Focal Point Livestock Technopark Peshawar to support improvement in livestock markets and slaughter houses and in implementation of the joint ventures with Munir and Co Slaughter House, Ring Road Peshawar. Directorate General Fisheries would host LBSC Fisheries and would implement the fisheries components of the functions of Livestock Technopark Peshawar.

UAP would utilize the human resource base available in the form of highly qualified faculty members and enthusiastic postgraduate students for responding to the emerging industrial issues and developing entrepreneurship models. The Livestock Business Support Center at UAP would be utilized extensively through international linkages, especially under an MoU with the Konya Technopark, Turkey and other organizations developed under Dairy Science Park.

The university would contribute as follows: i) Swat University would host the LBSC Swat; ii) AWKUM will host LBSC Mardan; iii) WUM will host Dairy and Meat Technology Center; iv) Gomal University will host Gomal Technopark; v) Khyber Medical University will host BRM Center; vi) University of Agriculture Peshawar will host LBSC UAP and; vii) SBBU Sheringal will host meat technology center.