EU, PLCIP agree to control skin diseases of animals

KARACHI: European Union (EU) and Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Programme (PLCIP) have agreed to finance research project to suggest measurers to control skin diseases among the ruminants of Pakistan.

Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) and Skin Improvement Committee (SIC) Chairman Agha Saiddain initiated the project with the assistance of PLCIP Project Director Usman Malik.

University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and PTA also agreed to eradicate skin diseases of animals and to reduce skin damage throughout its supply chain, farmer to tanner.

Talking to Daily Times Saiddain said control of skin diseases among the animals would provide healthy milk and meat to general public, adding that the skin diseases not only destroy skin quality but also effect quantum of milk.

He said it was our second project with UVAS and in our earlier project we had identified skin diseases among ruminants and its geographical pattern, adding that the common skin diseases in Pakistan are Warble Fly Infestation, Ticks, Small Pox, Lice Infestation, Mite Infestation, Wring Worm etc and other damages caused to the skins are insect bites, scratches, butcher cuts and poor curing, which causes hair slip specially on Eid-ul-Azha and hot weather. Last year 33% rawhides and skins were wasted due to these problems and it amounts to $300 million approximately, he added.

He said these two research papers would guide our future generation and it would add to the knowledge of students in various universities, adding that the leather industry of Pakistan has great potential to grow if provided level playing field with China, India and Bangladesh.

UVAS Vice Chancellor Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, EU Cooperation Delegation Head Bernard Francois and other members from EU were present on the occasion.

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