A Consultative Meeting on Opportunities and Challenges in Ostrich Farming in Pakistan – A way forward was held at the University of Veterinary and Animal Science Lahore.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the meeting in which representatives from various universities, the government departments concerned and private sector, entrepreneurs from across the country participated. After a thorough discussion, the meeting called for setting up model ostrich farms by the Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab at Lahore and Rawalpindi, where necessary human resource, infrastructure and capacity in shape of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and University of Arid Agriculture are already in place. The model forms should also have model hatching, breeding, slaughtering, feed-making, oil/fat and feather processing facilities.
It also called for training and orientation of ostrich farming and business to livestock officials and farmers. It also suggested that the Punjab Wildlife Act 1974 be modified, excluding ostrich specifically from its classification as a wildlife animal. The meeting participants also called for legislation to facilitate ostrich and its products exports from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, UAE, EU, Japan, Korea, etc. They also suggested that awareness/ marketing campaign should also be run for promoting ostrich farming.