Resistance to policy reforms

Resistance by Secretary Agriculture GoKP

On advice of the Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Chief Minister approved Task Force on DSP to overcome bureaucratic hurdles faced by stakeholders across livestock value chain. Academia Industries Linkages, Entrepreneurship Development, Public Private Partnership, Consumers Preferences, Quality Control for hygienic and Halal status of products and sustainability through Endowment Fund, were the main features of the Terms of Reference. There was a conflict of interests as the farmers and processors are working without any visible support from the public sector organizations. Development funds are provided to government organizations with no say of the stakeholders. Rates of milk and meat are fixed by district administration at lowest without considering the production cost or quality based grading.

So secretary agriculture Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr Iarar did not issue relevant Task Force notification, violating the directive of Chief Executive of the provincial government.

Needless to mention that in addition to international support, the previous authorities so the provincial government had endorsed concept of Dairy Science Park in teh larger interest fo the province and the region. The Authorities include Ex-Chief Ministers Akram Khan Durrani and Sardar Mehtab Khan Abbasi and Ex-Additional Chief Secretary, Mr Muhammad Azam Khan.  

Resistance by Vice Chancellor UAP and death of wife of Prof Qureshi

Salary of the Chief Patron, Prof M Subhan Qureshi, Prof and Dean Veterinary Sciences, University of Agriculture Peshawar (UAP)/President Dairy Science Park was stopped by the Vice Chancellor Prof Noor Pao Khan for a prolonged period of seven months leading to frustration in the family and ultimately death of wife of Prof Qureshi.

Earlier, Prof Zahoor Ahmad Swat, Vice Chancellor UAP, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with President DSP and Vice Chancellor Khyber Medical University under supervision of Prof Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. 

The MoU covered consultative meetings of experts from various disciplines of biological sciences to develop curriculum on Biorisk Management. Biorisk Management Curriculum will be designed, developed, and implemented as a separate discipline and its incorporation into the existing curricula of life sciences as it relates to courses where infectious agent handling occurs. Training of stakeholders will cover implementing the newly developed curriculum and to reach out to other universities to design, develop, and implement similar curriculum to establish Biorisk Management Curriculum and practices throughout the region.

During the meantime, the Fourth International Conference and Industrial Exhibition on Dairy Science Park was held at Konya Turkey, participated by delegates from 20 countries, 50 from various parts of Pakistan. 

The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan offered establishment of the Center of Excellence on Dairy Science Part at UAP, with an initial  allocation fo Rs.400 million. However, Prof Zahoor Swati VC UAP did not allow Prof Qureshi President DSP/Dean FAHVS UAP  to present the case and advised him to stop all activities of DSP. Prof Qureshi considered the advice contrary to the interests of the University and people of the Region and refused to obey. Prof Swati removed the huge data prevailing over a decade regarding organization of of the biennial international convergences and exhibitions series, international workshops on biorisk management under sponsorship of Sandia National Labs USA, technical, legal and administrative support to the livestock producers and processors; and policy reforms under supervision of the Senior Minister GoKP Mr Inayatullah Khan. 

Resistance by DG Livestock GoKP in FAO-UN Reforms Process

The good offices of Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations at Islamabad, Pakistan appointed Prof Dr Muhammad Subhan Qureshi as National Consultant Livestock and Dairy Development under Program/Project Number TCP-PAK 3701-C1/AFOR Program with duty station at Peshawar for a period of 45 Days, to report to Farrukh Toirov, AFOR Program, FAO, Islamabad. Personal Service Agreement (Manual Section 319) was signed with Ms Mina Dowlatchahi FAO Representative Pakistan. The Mission started working at FAO Peshawar on 10 June, 2019. Mr Waleed Mahdi and Dr Sanaullah Khan have been taking care of the local facilitation of the Mission as IPC and Responsible Officer of the project, to complete this task while Ms Faiza Younas facilitated at FAO Islamabad.
The mutually agreed TORs required development of the Action Plan with estimated budget for Livestock Sector Development and Transformation, based on KP Livestock Policy; covering regulatory issues, value chain development, private sector engagement and overall required capacity at provincial and district levels; to elaborate on roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders focused on institutional reforms; review the current policy/strategies/program and align livestock sector priorities.

Prof Qureshi worked hard in collaboration with the Livestock Farmers and Processor Organizations, civil society, line departments/universities, elected representatives of provincial assemblies and district councils and expert individuals. Weaker stakeholders were identified across the Livestock Value Chain and Livestock Technopark Peshawar was suggested as a Triple Helix Good Governance Model of Academia-Industry-Government Nexus. A conflict of interest raised between the Powerful and weaker stakeholders. Dr Sanaullah Khan facilitated the powerful stakeholders to bulldoze the FAO KP Livestock Action Plan 2019 in collaboration with Dr Sher Muhammad, Director General Livestock and  Dairy Development Department GoKP, reported in FAO KP Livestock Action Plan Part II.    

Complaint on Prime Minister’s Citizens Portal

A Complaints with Code No. KP161218-0616432 dated 17 December, 2018; KP030119-0891154 dated 3 January 2019 and; KP040119-0918321 dated 5 January, 2019, were submitted vide Prime Minister’s Citizens Portal, regarding the launch of Dairy Science Park for generation of decent employment and exportable foods and biotech surpluses. The plan was approved in a high level meeting chaired by the Senior Minister LGRD and participated by Secretary LGRD, Deputy Commissioners Peshawar and Mardan, DG Livestock and DD and representatives of farmers, butchers and allied businesses. A note was submitted by Secretary LGRD, endorsed by the Additional Chief Secretary as an innovative idea and approved by the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, the same was filed by the Secretary Agriculture. In response to the Complaint on PM’s Citizens Portal, Secretary Agriculture again refused to implement the Directive of the Chief Minister based upon recommendation of a high level meeting represented by the relevant stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

Negative feedback was submitted to all these complaints.


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