Taxes push vibrant dairy industry into red

Islamabad, June 25, 2015 (PPI-OT):President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Thursday said additional taxes has pushed the vibrant dairy sector into crisis. The taxes will increase cost of doing business by seven percent, push up price of processed milk by Rs 6 per litre and reduce its demand by 20 per cent hitting tax collection, hurting six hundred thousand people linked to milk business and creating food security issues.

Talking to a delegation of dairy farmers, Mian Zahid Hussain said that local and foreign investors have invested around 700 million dollars in the dairy sector in last five years which will be stopped now. He said that Pakistan has reduced duty on import of milk from SAARC countries to 15 percent while India has slapped 68 percent duty on import of milk powder.

Pakistan is the third largest milk produced in the world producing around 55 million tonnes of milk, production in increasing by 4 pc per annum while demand in increasing by 15 percent annually. Pakistan exports skimmed and fresh mils while it also imports 40 thousand tonnes of milk, mainly from India, which is equal to 3,20,000 tonnes of fresh milk.

The global milk demand is set to increase by 36 percent in nine years which can be an opportunity for Pakistan, he said, adding that the situation demands patronage by the government as despite 7.5 Crore animals average milk production is 4-5 litres per animal which is 30-40 litres in developed nations.

Mian Zahid Hussain demanded 100 percent duty on import of skimmed milk and dairy products to safeguard interests of 40 million dairy farmers in the informal sector and otherwise this business will not remain viable. Pakistan has witnessed closure of 3.5 million dairy farms in the last nineteen years, a trend which must be reversed.

For more information, contact:
Mian Zahid Hussain,
Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF)
Tel: +92-343-2226888
Tel: +92-300-8233364