Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here Saturday held a meeting with delegation of Pakistan Poultry Association(PPA). The delegation was led by Dr. Khalid Saleem Malik, Chairman PPA.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Revenue, Haroon Akhtar Khan and Chairman FBR, Nisar Muhammad Khan were also present on the occasion.

The delegation apprised the Minister about the current trends in the poultry market and added that encouraged by economic stability in the country, the poultry sector was exhibiting growth with increasing trend towards adoption of modern farming techniques, ensuring hygienically proven methods for rearing chicken and value addition.

Members of the delegation on the occasion shared with the Minister some issues faced by the poultry sector and also presented their budget proposals for consideration.

The Minister appreciated the proactive approach of poultry farmers aimed at growth of the poultry sector as well as endeavours for value addition in line with international standards. He said poultry sector has an important role to play in terms of providing quality meat to consumers. He assured that genuine problems faced by the poultry sector would be addressed.  He added that proposals put forth by the delegation would be given due consideration in the ongoing budget exercise.

The Minister  emphasized that while the Government was willing to extend all possible facilitation to poultry sector, it also expected poultry farmers to provide maximum relief to the general public in terms of poultry prices, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

The delegation expressed gratitude to the Finance Minister for giving them a patient hearing and highly lauded the Government’s efforts aimed at achieving growth and employment generation. They assured that the Association would extend full support for achieving the common goal of economic progress. Further, they would make efforts to keep prices of poultry items stable throughout the year and provide  maximum possible relief to the public during Ramadan.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Finance and FBR attended the meeting.