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Exploring Opportunities in Dairy Sector: Avenues of Pak-Dutch Cooperation

Much awaited decision, on lifting the ban on cow imports from Netherlands, has finally been made by Govt of Pakistan and a protocol has been agreed between both countries.

On behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Solve Agri Pak (Private) Limited organized a seminar on "Exploring Opportunities in the Dairy Sector: Avenues of Pak-Dutch Cooperation", in collaboration with Corporate Dairy Farmers Association (CDFA), Veepro Holland and Dairy Training Centre Netherlands, at Pearl Continental Lahore. The seminar was attended by over 100 key stakeholders from Pakistani dairy sector including public & private organization, commercial & corporate dairy farmers, service providers, academia and the development sector.

Speaking at the occasion, Frans van Rijn, Chargé d'Affaires of the Netherlands Embassy said, "Pakistan is the third largest milk producing country in the world. However, its population is growing fast and so is the demand for dairy products. The sector will need to expand and modernize quickly to meet the growing demand. As a fellow dairy producing nation, the Netherlands can help Pakistan in this regard."

Mr. Adil Shakeel from the Corporate Dairy Farmers Association (CDFA) spoke about the opportunities in the dairy sector and the need to enhance productivity and profitability through engaging with the Dutch who had cattle, technical expertise, products and services that could help Pakistani dairy sector advance rapidly.

Mr. Anne Terpstra, the dairy expert and consultant from the Netherlands, spoke about how the right management and the right animals can increase profitability. "Managing dairy animals is the one of the most complex jobs in the world. Dairy farming professionals in Pakistan need to brush-up their skills in a way that they are able to communicate with their cows in order to identify the issues in the farm management and provide corrective measures for enhanced productivity. With such good management, Dutch dairy animals in Pakistan can produce at the same high levels as they do in the Netherlands."

He explained how the Dutch Holstein Friesian cows have been bred over generations to become the premier breed of cattle for high quality and high quantity dairy production. He said that Dutch dairy cows have the highest profitable productive life span in the world averaging five years and ten months with average life time production of over 30,000 litres of milk.

It is worth-mentioning that Solve Agri Pak has partnered with The Bless Dairies (Netherlands largest exporter) for offering high-quality Dutch dairy animals for Pakistani dairy farmers.

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