Chinese vaccine technology catalyzes Pakistan’s livestock product exports – Xinhua English.news.cn
By Mariam Rahim
ISLAMABAD, Oct. 12 (Gwadar Pro) – “FMD-free certification has proven to be a prerequisite for promoting Pakistan’s meat export to major markets around the world, with potential for reach 1-3 billion US dollars annually.China has theoretical and practical experience in building animal disease free zones.We are willing to share our technology with Pakistan and deepen cooperation to boost its export of livestock to China,” Professor He Cheng, coordinator of the China-Pakistan Agricultural Science and Technology Innovation and Popularization Center at China Agricultural University, told Gwadar Pro recently.
Currently, Pakistan’s livestock sector suffers from major animal diseases, such as Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD), Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Brucellosis and Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR). Due to non-certification of free areas, Pakistan could not compete with major exporters such as New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, etc.
Vaccination is an effective way to build immune barriers. As for core vaccine technologies, China has developed advanced technologies for foot-and-mouth disease vaccines, including inactivated vaccines, peptide vaccines, and virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines.
Last month, a Chinese delegation consisting of He Cheng, Dr. Li Shoujun, chairman of Tianjin Ringpu Bio-Pharm Group, a veterinary pharmaceutical and vaccine company in China, and two vice presidents of the company visited government sectors Pakistan related businesses including Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, private companies and local dealers.
Li Shoujun, Chairman of Tianjin Ringpu signs MOU with Khalid Naeem, Coordinator of Grand Pharma (pvt) Limited
Li signed a memorandum of understanding for the production of a Chinese vaccine with Professor Khalid Naeem, coordinator of Grand Pharma (pvt) Limited, a company based in Rawalpindi. According to the MoU, the first batch of Chinese FMD antigens and adjuvants will be shipped to Pakistan this month, indicating that a high-quality FMD vaccine will be produced locally and supplied to livestock. with Chinese technology.
“We are also looking forward to developing joint ventures with local companies and manufacturing poultry vaccines and pharmaceutical raw materials in Punjab province. With the introduction of healthy and sustainable animal husbandry protocols and the eradication of major animal diseases, an FMD free zone will be established in Punjab and promoted in other provinces. In the future, fresh beef, mutton and chicken will be exported from Pakistan to China and other international markets,” Professor He concluded.