ISLAMABAD - German Ambassador Ms Ina Lepel called on Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan here on Thursday and discussed various issues relating to agriculture machinery and livestock sector.

The minister told the visitor about the livestock sector of Pakistan, and the importance it held for Pakistan’s economy. The import of live animals from Germany was also discussed.

The import of animals from certain countries, including Germany, is banned since 2001 due to BSE infection; however the Pakistan government revised the policy in 2014 and lifted the ban on the import of live cattle from few countries which were declared ‘negligible risk’ by International Animal Health Organisation (IAHO) and subjected to the other conditions as well.

Germany, however, is still on the list of banned countries and cannot export its animals to Pakistan. The German ambassador expressed the desire to confirm its current status from IAHO. “Once Germany is classified as BSE negligible risk country by the OIE, then the harmonization certificate would be needed to start the export of live animals from Germany to Pakistan,” Ina said.

Federal minister further said Pakistan was a very vibrant market and wanted to revolutionise it livestock sector by importing exotic dairy animals.

“This will help boost the production of meat and milk,” he hoped.

Bosan further said that the government was supporting Subsistence Dairy Farming, Peri Urban Dairy Farming and the market that catered to the consumers of processed milk.

He asked the envoy to secure the desired status from OIE, then it would be easier for her country to gain access to Pakistan’s livestock market.