LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that shipment of 25 tons meat to Malaysia, first time in the history of the country, is a big achievement, and the development of livestock sector can help increase export of Halal meat besides strengthening national economy. He further said he was ready to spend Rs 1 billion on the provision of facilities to this industry if the private sector promised to achieve $2 billion Halal meat export targets during next two years. He was addressing a function on the occasion of shipment of the first consignment of Halal meat to Malaysia by the Zenith Associates at Raiwind on Saturday. President Pakistan Meat Exporters Association Arif Ghias, Chairman Zenith Associates, Tahir Ghias, Secretary Livestock Jehanzeb Khan and a large number of people associated with livestock sector were present. The CM said livestock had a key importance in national economy and development of this sector could help overcome poverty and unemployment. Despite resources, Pakistans share in the meat business of $ 600 billion in the world is negligible whereas India is exporting meat of $ 21 billion. The Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive strategy for the development of livestock sector. A state-of-the-art slaughterhouse will be set up in Punjab and private sector will be given incentives for setting up farms of calves, he said, adding that export of meat to Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and other countries could be increased by improving the quality of the livestock. He assured office-bearers of meat association that no effort would be spared for providing them maximum facilities, and they should come forward and play their role for increasing export of Halal meat. Earlier, the CM inaugurated the first shipment of Halal meat to Malaysia. He also appreciated the performance of the management and workers of Zenith Associates and inspected various sections of the plant. Asif Ghias in his welcome address paid tributes to the CM and said it was due to his leadership qualities that meat was being exported to Malaysia for the first time in the history of the country.