The Pakistani government and its people have welcomed the new development by the Saudi government to approve imports of Pakistani poultry products into the Saudi market which would be a shot in the arm of Pakistani investments in the sector and help boost economic activities between the two countries, according to the Arabnews website.
“The Saudi government has recently granted permission for the import of poultry meat products from Pakistan following a visit to the country by a Saudi delegation which toured poultry farms, hatcheries and feed mills,” said Dr. Muhammad Aslam, chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association, the site reported.
He expressed his thanks to the Saudi authorities for its continuing support and cooperation with Pakistan, adding that, “The move will enable Pakistan’s poultry sector to get maximum export orders and increase economic stability. The technical experts of the Saudi delegation declared that the Pakistani poultry products were commensurate with international standard specifications”.
Waseem Hayat Bajwa, commercial attaché at the Pakistani Embassy said, “This is an excellent opportunity for poultry farmers to boost their business and work to maintain the quality of their products for future business prospects,” adding that the economic sector in Pakistan would benefit greatly from this venture and the relations between the two countries would be strengthened.
The Saudi delegation comprising high officials and experts met with the representatives of the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) and government officials.
The PPA chairman said that acting on the recommendations of the Saudi delegation, the Saudi government has permitted the export of chickens, eggs and day-old chicks from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government had banned imports of Pakistani poultry items in 2005, in a bid to prevent the spread of bird flu. However, the World Health Organization declared Pakistan free from bird flu in 2008. The Pakistani government spent more than RS 1.1 billion to control and prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus. Recently, Saudi Arabia’s Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) stated that the standards of poultry facilities in Pakistan are as good as any European country.