Violence in Pakistan Disrupts Milk Trade

PAKISTAN - recent wave of ethnic violence in Karachi has affected milk supply to several areas given that suppliers are reluctant to enter there, which has disturbed the milk business.
calendar icon 4 December 2008
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Haji Mahmood Ellahi, President, Sindh Livestock Dairy Farmers Welfare Association (SLDFWA), told The News on Wednesday that the milk business is facing a two-pronged problem. First, several hotels in violence-hit areas have either been closed forcefully or proprietors have shut their trade out of fear.

Secondly, the cattle farms established around the city are not receiving the required supply of fodder from interior Sindh because truck owners are reluctant to bring their vehicles into Karachi, says TheNews.

“We need more fodder without interruption to keep our animals healthy. If the government fails to overpower the people creating anarchy, it would be great loss to the dairy industry like other sectors,” he feared. “Since milk is a perishable product, we cannot keep it at farms for a long time. It must be smoothly supplied to the market without any disruption, which at present is not happening,” Ellahi said. “We are yet to ascertain the loss incurred by the livestock holders and dairy producers due to the current crisis. However, the figures can be in millions,” he added.

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