STAFF REPORT LHR: Poultry stakeholders have called for withdrawal of all import duties, additional import taxes and sales tax on poultry feed ingredients, plant and machinery and grandparent day-old chicks.

The demand was made at a symposium on “Emerging challenges and sustainability of poultry sector in Pakistan” arranged by the UVAS Lahore.

Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof. Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development Punjab Nasim Sadiq co-chaired the symposium.

The symposium also recommended enhancing import duty on fresh, frozen, chilled and processed chicken meat and value-added products to support local poultry farming.

To support their demand, the symposium participants cited the example of India, which has imposed 100% import duty on import of processed chicken and its value-added products to safeguard its nascent poultry farming and processing sector. The participants also called for imposing sales tax on poultry feed and its ingredients and continue exemption of sales tax on processed chicken products. The Secretary Livestock assured the symposium participants of taking up their recommendations with the government. He said that the development of livestock and poultry sectors is priority of the government as livestock sector is the key to revival of the crisis-hit agriculture sector.

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