The Sindh Livestock Expo 2021 was a 3-day event ending on 15th March. Held at the Hatri Bypass, Hyderabad, the event hosted industry professionals, technical experts, foreign diplomats, government officials and a wide cross section of the general public. Organized by the Department of Livestock and Fisheries, the primary aim of the event was to showcase the importance of the sector to the Pakistan's economy.
On the inaugural day, CM Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah lauded the efforts of Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Abdul Bari Pitafi and Department Secretary Aijaz Mahesar for the event design and execution. The CM also reiterated that the sector was the an important driver of the Pakistani economy and crucial to improving lives and livelihoods. On the second, the Punjab Minister for Livestock and Dairy, Hasnain Bahadur Dareshak was the guest of honor, along side Secretary Sindh Mumtaz Ali Shah. The closing ceremony was presided over by Chairman PPP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. He made note of the fact that the event had grown in stature from the last year.
The event showcased the diversity of livestock, poultry, goats, fresh water fish and marine life in the country. The Aqua-ponics display was particularly interesting as it presented a novel way of cultivating both fish and plants. The event also showcased various arts and crafts of Sindh.
With community development as it’s primary aim, the Expo provided opportunities for a cross-section of stakeholders. Breeders and sellers were able to network and kick start business opportunities. The technical seminars were crucial in educating breeders on better health care for animals and breed improvement. Moreover, access to micro-finance opportunities were also made available. It is important to note that all these efforts point towards a sustainable development of the sector. The livestock and fisheries sector contributes 11% to Pakistan’s GDP and is crucial to the food security of the nation. Abdul Bari Pitafi committed to the government’s vision to increase livestock numbers by up to 8% by 2030.
A truly community driven event, the Sindh Livestock Expo 2021 put the improvement of lives at the core of its impetus. With better educated and aware stakeholders, the sector is bound to grow by leaps and bounds.