Siraj-ul-Hasan, Economic Review
At the advent of Pakistan, like many other's industries, poultry industry having altogether a rural basis, had no important place in the country's economy. It was after about a decade or so that some efforts were made to transform it from a small rural pursuit into a commercial venture. The number of commercial poultry farms, over time, increased by leaps and bounds. At present, there are more than five thousand commercial poultry farms spreading all over the four provinces of the country.
Thus the poultry industry gained a strong position in the national economy. It greatly helped to reduce the demand pressure on the other traditional resources of the supply of animal protein foods. As the demand for meat grew, commercial poultry products filled the gap between the rising demand and slow growth of beef and mutton production.
Although many years have elapsed since the poultry industry having assumed an enviable position in the overall development of live-stock sector, it has now started confronting with various problems due to fatal diseases, government unsupporting attitude as well as lack of interest by the private sector.
During the last 4-5 years, spread of poultry diseases had assumed a crises position. In Karachi and its suburbs, due to these diseases, death rates has gone up to hundred per cent. It not only causes great losses directly to the poultry farmers but also adversely affects other related sub-sectors indirectly. Thus it is a great national loss.
Among various items of daily use, poultry meat and eggs are only the solitary commodities, which are subjected to appreciable decrease in their prices, both in winter and summer seasons. On the other hand, the product's cost are increasing continuously. Despite higher cost if day-old chicks' feed, health care and increase in other expenses, the poultry farmers have often to sell their products near below the cost.
Uptil now, it is unfortunate that both private and public sectors in our country have been grossly unsuccessful to provide necessary awareness about the influence and importance of poultry to the people. Due to this lapse, not only the poultry production is being affected adversely, but the health of the people suffers greatly.
It is not known that while imposing restrictions on servicing food items to the guests on marriage functions what aspects were taken into consideration. …