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A biennial series of international conferences and industrial exhibitions has been in place in continuation of the “International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park since 2011”
DSP I – 2011 Peshawar
The First International Conference and Industrial Exhibitions on Diary Science Park was held on November 21-23, 2011 at the Agricultural University Peshawar, with the theme, “Developing a hub of dairy enterprises in the flood affected regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through partnership of academia, government, entrepreneurs & civil society”. Cooperation was provided by the Extension and Research wings of the Livestock and Dairy Development, Pakistan Veterinary Medical Association and Livestock Trainers and Consultants as organizing partners. HEC assisted as the main sponsor, followed by financial assistance of Alltech Pakistan Ltd, Ghazi Brothers, Karachi: Inter-cooperation (IC) Pakistan, Peshawar. ICI Pakistan and Naseem Traders/Romer Lab Rawalpindi also displayed their products through stalls. Technical support was provided by ICRISAT India, SMEDA Peshawar, KPCCI, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia and Agri Livestock Bureau, Faisalabad. Website coverage was provided by AU Peshawar, Engormix.com, World Veterinary Year, 2011; World Vet Association; Int Soc Zool Sci; IBKRC Philippines; The Dairy Site News; Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Official Gateway News and Events. pakissan.com. Press coverage was provided by Daily Mashriq, Daily Aajj; Daily Pakistan Observer; The Frontier Post; Business Recorder; Associated Press of Pakistan; The Weekly Technology Times, Pakistan.
The conference was attended by +450 delegates from all four provinces of the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir belonging to a variety of segments of the society. During the three days of the workshop, experts from academia, research, extension and industry, policy makers and farmers’ community presented 35 papers and exchanged ideas to work out a comprehensive plan for the development of dairy industry of the province. The workshop was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister for Agriculture, Arbab Muhammad Ayub Jan and concluded by Haji Hidayatullah Khan, Minister for Livestock.
Ninety-one Abstracts and 13 titles were published in an abstract book, ISBN-978969-422-001-7. Another volume of the book was published covering recommendations, daily proceedings and pictorials. Fifty selected papers were published as a special supplement of the Journal of Animals and Plants Sciences. A committee shaped up the recommendations into various components including Business Support, Infrastructural Support, Legislative and Policy Support, Animal Production Support, Animal Health Support, Environment and Energy Solutions, Institutional Strengthening and Coordination.
DSP II – 2013 Peshawar
The Second International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park was organized in 2013, Nov 18-20, focusing on developing enterprising capacity of livestock and poultry farmers of Pak-Afghan Region for meat production. The Conference was attended by 500+ members. The Higher Education Commission was the main sponsor supplemented by other sister and development agencies and private companies. Papers were presented by during 9 sessions by speakers from various parts of the country, 6 faculty members for Kabul and Nangarhar University Afghanistan and Dr Mithat Direk from Selcuk University, Turkey. 200 abstracts were published in the proceeding book with ISSN number.
A recommendation committee has compiled their findings and are being shared for implementation by various relevant stakeholders, mainly focused on business incubation and development of the required infrastructure and services. A roadmap for implementation of the Park as a Business Incubation Center is under consideration by the HEC for sponsorship.
Farmers’ Perceptions were accommodated as follows:
- A draft report was prepared by Mr Azam Shah Dairy/Sheep Farmer/Ex-member Federal Livestock Board and presented in his inaugural paper during the Livestock Development and Business Session of the Dairy Science Park 2013. The same is hereby reproduced by the Chief Organizer, Prof M Subhan Qureshi as follows.
- Pakistan’s livestock sector could not get succeeded in utilizing its economic potential up to an optimum level due to no integration of facts into national development agenda like contribution of the sector to GDP up to an extent of 12%, 55% being within Agriculture Sector. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being a hilly, arid or mountainous terrain, is suitable for meat production, rather than dairy, however, it could not be integrated into the policy. Livestock assets in the country exceed Rs.1000 billion.
- Although the sector is ignored at policy level, it still showed an appropriate growth rate of 3.5%, mainly achieved on the basis of interest of the farming and business community at informal level.
- Majority of livestock holdings belong to low social economic class, falling below poverty line; possessing livestock heads but not the required land. They can be easily shifted to a status entrepreneurship through research, development and marketing support, alleviating their poverty and producing surpluses for the export sector.
- The livestock farmers are living under primitive system, with the worst type of practices. Integration of scientific practices and marketing backup will increase their income several folds, leaving a visible impact on national economy.
- A hostile pricing system is preventing growth and development of this sector. The controlled prices of products and uncontrolled prices of farm inputs make the business vulnerable, leading it to total collapse under certain circumstances. The local government authorities must understand that the price of a buffalo during 1990 was Rs. 1,000 and milk price was Rs.10. Presently the two figures have reached to Rs. 150,000 and Rs.75. Proportionately the current milk price must not be less than Rs.150, if the government wishes to regulate it; otherwise it must be left free as for inputs. Legislation is needed for supporting the existing farming system and attracting new investment.
- The trickledown effect of the research and development project up to the grass root level is totally lacking, which needs consideration at policy level. The research is conducted under the best possible environment, which does not reflect the real issues prevailing under farmers’ conditions.
- At the time of independence the number of industries was limited; however, the industrialization of textile sector has enabled it to contribute a significant share to the export sector. Huge loans were granted in the name of Livestock industry; however, these led to defaults which are frequently reported in the print and electronic media.
- If the present government allows the poor people to get resources for developing their livestock holdings into viable entrepreneurs, and develop new ones, it would be leaving a good impact on the future of the province and performance of the present government.
- Such steps would raise the people of the poverty and bring social, economic and political stability in this vulnerable province.
- The people of the province have always welcomed change. An effort of the Federal Livestock and Dairy Development Board was successful in establishing fattening farms and about 5000 viable units were established. However, the government did not fulfill their commitment and amount of Rs.6.4 million due to be paid to the farmers was refused. It led to breaking of the Units and herds of the farmers. As a member of the Board I was disappointed and pulled away from it; however, on request of Prof M Subhan Qureshi I have come back again to share my feelings with you.
- An international Halal meat market is dealing with a trade of US$ 635; does our province involved in meat production does not deserve to get its due share of 10%? Halal Industry Park has been established at Faisalabad; and no body at top level in the province is noticing the Dairy Science Park established here in this province.
- A Muslim consumer in any part of the world would be pleased to get Halal meat with Peshawar label; and a farmer in KP would get due return for his/her investment in such case. We can easily make this dream true through joint efforts. The roadmap of the Dairy Science Park focusing at graduates’ entrepreneurship to be supported by the University, the government and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry seems to be a feasible step to harvest the future.
In pursuance to the directive of the worthy Minister for Agriculture and Information Technology during his visit to the University, a meeting of the Mr Ahmad Said, Chief Planning Officer, Dr Sher Muhammad Director General Livestock and Dairy Development and Prof M Subhan Qureshi Dean FAHVS, the University of Agriculture Peshawar was held on 26-10-2013 to discuss implementation strategy for the directive. The participants agreed on:
- Introducing the business setup by the University graduates in broilers, quails, turkeys and ruminants farming, etc., and seeking the SMEDA support in developing the business further utilizing the latest techniques.
- Inviting the KPCCI representatives to consider such enterprises for further investment, especially in establishing slaughtering facilities.
- Launching research at the University on commercial aspects of the meat production and quality control, making the production system competitive at the international markets.
- Establishing a mini-slaughter house at the University for graduate teaching and launching of postgraduate diploma courses livestock entrepreneurship.
- Utilizing the resources, skills and knowledge available at the University and the L&DD Department for developing the private sector, enabling expansion and introducing quality control in the production and marketing chain.
- Supporting the outgoing University graduates during their six-months mandatory internship as prescribed under the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council Act 1996 through a joint project of the University and the L&DD Department.
- Providing an enabling environment for establishing a private company by the Department and slaughter houses in the private sector.
- Utilizing information technology in linking the enterprises effectively with the Department, the University, services/inputs providers and the International Halal meat market.
- Holding 2nd International Workshop on Dairy Science Park, November 18-20, 2013, at the University in which the public and private sector and the Universities would be participating.
DSP III – 2015 Peshawar
The Third International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park was organized on Nov 16-18, 2015, focusing on support to the war-hit economy of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through self-employment and hygienic food production for local consumers and international Halal Meat Market. The Senior Minister Mr. Inayatullah Khan inaugurated the Workshop, participated by academic, government and industry leaders, policy makers and farmers, from all four province of the country, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Afghanistan and Turkey. Mr Mohibullah Khan Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Livestock, Mr Arif Yousaf Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Law and Mr Jaffar Shah Member Public Accounts Committee and Arbab Asim Khan District Mayor Peshawar chaired various sessions, accompanied by Deans and institutional head from various organizations. Seven technical sessions were held comprising: i) Livestock Development and Business Incubation; ii) One Health; iii) Feed and Food Safety; iv) Animal Health and Technology; v) Poultry Science and; vi) Prospective Dairy Farming and Dairy Products in Pakistan. MoU’s were signed by Dairy Science Park team with Mevlana Exchange Program and Selcuk University Turkey. The Senior Minister Mr. Inayatullah Khan inaugurated the Third Workshop flanked by Prof Zahoor Ahmad Swati, Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture Peshawar and Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Dean FAHVS/Chief Patron DSP. Academic, government and industry leaders, policy makers and farmers, from all four province of the country, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Afghanistan and Turkey, participated in the event.
Seven technical sessions were held comprising: i) Livestock Development and Business Incubation; ii) One Health; iii) Feed and Food Safety; iv) Animal Health and Technology; v) Poultry Science and; vi) Prospective Dairy Farming and Dairy Products in Pakistan. The Sessions were chaired by Prof M Sarwar, Prof Zafar Iqbal, Prof Ahrar Khan and Prof Anas Sarwar from UA Faisalabad, Prof Ashraf from UVAS Lahore, Prof Younas Rana from CVS Jhang, Dr Arfan from PMAS Arid University Rawalpindi, Dr Iqbal Khattak from VRI, Prof M Afzal AUP, and Dr Mithat from Turkey. Delegates from ILRI, L&DD, COMSATS, SMEDA, AJKU, Romer Labs, KMU and AWKUM participated. HEC was represented by Mr Nasir Shah Director QAA.
As suggested by Dr Mithat Direk, the biannual International Workshops on the Dairy Science Park, will be jointly organized in continuation with those held during the years 2011, 2013, and 2015. The suggested venue for the 2017 conference is Istanbul, Turkey.
DSP IV – 2017 Konya, Turkey
The 4th International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park was held on November 1st to 5th, 2017 at Selcuk University- Konya, Turkey. The Conference was organized jointly by the Mayor Konya Municipality, Konya Turkey, Selcuk University Konya, Konya Teknokent, Dairy Science Park Society Peshawar, Women University Mardan, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Baluchistan University Quetta and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Prof M Subhan organized the Conference as Chief Patron DSP and Dr Mithat Direk assisted as Turkish counterpart.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Special Assistant to Chief Minister, Arif Yousaf said, “The scientists in Pakistan and Turkey will work to together to organize such conferences and high level consultation for establishment of technology centers in the future. He was addressing the Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park in Konya, Turkey. I would like to thank especially Konya Metropolitan Municipality and Selcuk University for organizing the conference. The conference has attracted participation from 20 countries, including Turkey, Pakistan, Australia, China, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Mongolia, Nigeria, Sudan, Bosnia, Gambia, etc. Mr Arif Yousaf assured support of the Government of Pakistan to support TechnoPark Mardan and TechnoPark Quetta, for generating entrepreneurship and brining quality standards in the food value chain in the two provinces.
The inaugural session was followed by first technical session covered Livestock Production with eight oral presentations. Papers were presented on use of biotechnology for food security, red meat production in Mongolia, thermal and nutritional stress, neonatal development, semen quality, milk production and meat technology.
On the second day parallel sessions were held in two halls. Hall A covered session on One Health. Papers were presented on One Health achievements and future vision under Dairy Science Park, antibacterial property of Bacillus, Dairy Sector in Yemen, hypoglycemic effects of Quinolone, dietary interaction and use of plant extracts with dental health and environment-farming interaction. Food Security and Ethics was run in Hall B, covering Food Security and Ethics. Papers were presented on meat production, role of cooperative farming, fodder production, enzyme technology, extension tools and awareness about food security. Session on Meat and Dairy Entrepreneurship was held in Hall A, covering a review of BRSP, evaluation of livestock production in Celebiler village, milk production around Konya, meat protein, bedding for dairy cows and introduction of farm technologies. After coffee break papers were presented on workers’ safety applications, meat quality, milk production systems and dairy cattle in milk.
Hall B covered session Animal Health and Technology and papers were presented on therapeutic effects of herbal plants, pathogenomics of E coli, estrous synchronization protocols, anemia, meat emulsion systems and Aflatoxin B in dried meat. Trends in Dairy Technology was another session covering papers on beef patties, cheese mapping, neonatal development, ozone technology, oxidative stress and food security. A session on Small and Medium Enterprises Development was held covering challenges and scope of SMEs in Balochistan, buffalos’ entrepreneurship, biotechnology in entrepreneurship, monopolistic marketing competition, sunflower/sorghum silage and eggs production.
Hall C covered a session on Biorisk Management, covering lab biorisk management, government academia linkages, bovine brucellosis, drinking water quality and antibiotic bacterial resistance.
On third day of the conference a session was held on Entrepreneurship Development, covering achievements and future vision of Dairy Science Park, meat technology, mercury – lactation relationship, millet, gamma irradiation of rice and Peshawar Meat.
The delegates of the Fourth International Conferee and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park visited Konya Teknokent on third day of the conference, under supervision of Dr Mithat Direk. The delegates, more than fifty from Pakistan including others from various countries, visited Konya Teknokent on 3 November, were excited to know about the achievements made at the Teknokent. Prof Birol, head of the organization was not available on the day of our visit to Teknokent and we were given a presentation by Mr Mehmet. It was recommended that a TechnoPark will be established at Mardan (TPM), with leading role of Women University Mardan, Dairy Science Park, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries and SDGs Task Force. Similar TechnoPark will be established at Quetta (TPQ), which has already been agreed by BRSP, BCCI, SMEDA, BU, BUITMS and SBK WU. Mission of the two TechnoParks will be utilization of indigenous human and natural resources for welfare of the people through academia – industry linkage, with focus on entrepreneurship development and hygienic food production for local consumption and export. It was recommended that an autonomous TechnoPark, to be registered as Society under Societies’ Registration Act XXI of 1860, will be established at Mardan (TPM) and Swat (TPS), with leading role of Women University Mardan/University of Swat, Dairy Science Park, KP Chamber of Commerce and Industries/SMEDA and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Similar TechnoPark will be established at Quetta (TPQ), which has already been agreed by BRSP, BCCI, SMEDA, BU, BUITMS and SBK WU and endorsed by Governor Balochistan. The Governor Balochistan and other organizations agreed on the concept during a visit of DSP Team, before DSP IV-2017 Konya. An MoU has been signed with Konya Teknokent for establishment of Peshawar Technopark, Mardan-TechnoPark-WUM-Mardan and Quetta-TechnoPark-BU-Quetta. Konya Teknokent and Dairy Science Park will collaborate in Smart Energy programs, sharing success stories in food processing, quality control and marketing and sharing ARGE activities in Information Technologies, Agricultural Technologies, Biotechnology, Design Technologies, Environment and Energy Technologies and Defense Industries under an MoU DSP-KT signed at Islamabad later on.
DSP V – 2019 Quetta
Fifth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park was held at Expo Center, University of Balochistan on 19-21 Nov, 2019 with the theme: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Livestock Sector of Balochistan. The event was held during the Livestock Expo Balochistan 2019 in collaboration with the Government of Balochistan and Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Balochistan Governor Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan, Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Waseem Ashraf, Adviser to the Chief Minister on Livestock Mitha Khan Kakar, Special Assistant Mir Ijaz Sanjarani, Balochistan Chief Secretary Fazeel Asghar, UoB Vice Chancellor Dr Anwar Panizai and other officials were present on the occasion.
The Conference comprised of inaugural session, Academia-Industry Linkages and Policy Reforms and Support Packages. Research and review papers were presented on: AOH=Animal Health and One Health; APT= Animal Production and Technology; FRM= Fodder and Range Management; QCH= Quality Control and Halal Practices; BAH= Biotechnology and Animal Health; EDV= Entrepreneurship Development; PST= Poultry Sciences; FRMI= Farming Innovation. The Conference Proceedings were compiled by: Editors: Muhammad Azam Kakar, Sania Subhan Qureshi, Tauseef Asmat, Zahid Mustafa, Mahboob Ali, Muhammad Masood, Tariq Kiani and Muhammad Subhan Qureshi. Abstracts were published (ISBN-978-969-422-001-7; website: http://dairysciencepark.org.pk/leb/).
Dairy Science Park Balochistan Chapter was established consequent to a meeting of stakeholders from the Academea, Industry, Government and Civil Society. The meeting was held on the sidelines of Balochistan Livestock Expo 2019 inaugurated by Mr Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Mr Jam Kamal Khan Chief Minister and Mr Dosain Jamaldini Secretary Livestock pursued the arrangements aggressively.
Livestock Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (LEDI) was launched as a model of good governance pursuing the Academia-Industry-Society-Government Nexus at Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI). The Initiative would be implemented by Dairy Science Park Balochistan Chapter (DSP-BC) as a follow up mission of Balochistan Expo 2019 inaugurated by Mr Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, pursued aggressively by the Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan and Secretary Livestock Mr Dussain Jamaldini.
The decision was made after extensive deliberations in a meeting of stakeholders of livestock sector, held at Quetta CCI, headed by Mr Badruddin Kakar President CCI and attended by representatives of public and private sector from Balochistan. Ms Rubina Shahwani and Dr Fayaz coordinated the proceedings. Prof M Subhan Qureshi President DSP and Dr Shahzad N Jadoon Alltech Pakistan briefed the house on the modality of interaction between the government and private sector. Dr Shabbir Cattlekit-PATTA offered support of the industry. Qazi Ayaz represented Talha Enterprise.
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- DSP-2013 brochure
- Proceedings book
- Conference program
- Best Young Scientists Award 2013
- BLE 2019 Brochure
- Proc – Dairy Science Park V-2019-Quetta
- Qureshi MS – Presentation
- Associated Press of Pakistan
- Expo Video
- Address of President of Pakistan-Video
- BLE 2019 Souvenir
- DSP-BC established
- Livestock EDI launched