November 08, 2014 – Zahid Baig –
Cattle trade between the Netherlands and Pakistan has resumed after 11 years, as the import restrictions have been lifted and a protocol has been agreed, finally allowing trade to resume.
Sources told Business Recorder here on Friday that the Ministry of Commerce decided in July this year to permit the import of dairy cattle, heifers and related products from the Netherlands since the Dutch dairy sector complied with all the international criteria regarding health, inspections, etc making it clear that allowing the import of Dutch dairy cattle was safe and beneficial for Pakistan’s dairy sector. Consequently, the Ministry of Food Security and Research approved in October the export health certificate proposed by the Dutch authorities, which offers certified guarantees and standards for all imported animals.
Based upon the requirements in the health certificate, the Dutch Food Standards Authority has this morning (Friday) published a protocol (binding instruction), which stipulates the procedures for exporting cattle from the Netherlands to Pakistan, the sources added. The availability of world class Dutch dairy cattle presents a unique opportunity to Pakistan’s growing dairy sector, said the sources.
The Netherlands are the cradle of the famous Holstein Friesian cow, and have perfected this healthy and fertile breed over the centuries. Dutch Holstein Frisian cows can produce no less than 30,000kg of milk in a lifetime; a yield that is unmatched world-wide, they added. Moreover, the Netherlands also provide the best feed, medicine and management skills to fulfil the complete genetic potential of these cows, tremendously raising the potential profitability of dairy farming in Pakistan. The Netherlands’ excellence in dairy farming is a prime example of the high-intensity, high-sustainability agribusiness that Pakistan needs to modernise and expand its agricultural sector, to address the growing demand for the next generation.