STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Agriculture and Meat Company CEO Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh has said that the government has made a comprehensive plan to increase the export of halal meat.

“Demand for Pakistani halal products is growing internationally and the Punjab Halal Development Cell has been set up to meat this demand,” he said.

Sheikh added that Pakistan is rich in the best breed of livestock, there are 69.6 million cows and buffaloes, and 91.5 million goats and sheeps.

However, due to a lack of standards regulating the halal meat industry, local traders are not marketing their products in international markets properly.

Answering a question, he said that after setting halal standards, Pakistani products would be recognised throughout the world and massive amounts of foreign exchange could also be earned.

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