PESHAWAR - In order to provide modern wool and mutton processing facilities to livestock farmers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade, in collaboration with department of Livestock and Dairy Development, has completed plan to establish a modern sheep farm at Jaba in district Mansehra.

This was stated by KP-BoIT vice chairman, Senator Mohsin Aziz, while presiding over a meeting regarding various projects, which have undertaken by the board with relevant provincial government departments here on Wednesday.

Senator Mohsin Aziz said the KP-BoIT under patronage of PTI-led provincial government, had gained milestones and undertaken pragmatic measures for attracting local as well as foreign investment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The board vice chairman said, while highlighting significance of the sheep farming (wool, mutton production and processing), at Jaba, district Mansehra, which, he stated, aims at to provide a state-of-art facility to livestock farmers to yield fine quality wool as well as keep intact the nucleus breed for improving production of the captioned sheep.

Aziz further informed a piece of land, measuring 300 acres, has been identified for investors to establish an international standard sheep farm in the district. It will enhance and expand sheep farming in the areas, to meet growing demand of both mutton and wool, according to press release, quoted by KP-BoIT vice chairman, as having said. He further said the project has initiated in collaboration with Directorate of Livestock Extension, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Senator Mohsin Aziz said the proposed land would be leased out to investors for period of 30 years and the lease agreement will be extendable. He said the establishment of state-of-art wool processing facilities (grading and scouring), would produce best quality of wool, which could also generate hefty of revenue for livestock farmers.

KP-BoIT vice chairman said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has offered large base of small ruminants of organic mutton production, approximately 0.87 million sheep and 4.41 million goats. He said the investors would earn huge revenue through meeting local demand for mutton, particularly by providing animals to the market. He further stated that the establishment of the facilities for wool and slaughter house would also attract investment, which will generate cash inflows for the investors.

Regarding the significance of the project, the KP-BoIT deputy head said the establishment of sheep farm (wool, mutton production and processing) facilities, is one of the steps for modernisation of the livestock and dairy sector in the province.