Qaim highlights investment potential in livestock, fisheries

KARACHI: Sindh province has vast investment potential, particularly in agriculture, livestock, fisheries and energy sectors. The Australian government and their investors can grab the opportunities.

This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah while talking to Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Anne Adamson who called on him here at the Cm House Tuesday.

The chief minister briefing the visiting diplomat said that Australia has expertise in cattle farming for meat and milk purposes. “We have a large number of cattle population of around 12 million in Sindh with 7.5 million cows and buffaloes, 4 million sheep, 1.3 million goats and thousands of camels,” he said and added that Sindh has also an excellent atmosphere for cattle farming in Thatta, Badin, Tando Mohammad Khan and in other districts.

He offered the Australian envoy to explore ways and means to invest in Sindh. “This would be helpful for our people and also beneficial for the business community of Australia. We can take benefits from each others’ opportunities and expertise,” he said.

The Australian high commissioner said that under the Australian Development Initiative investment opportunities could be explored in Sindh. “We can work together for the uplift of people of Sindh, particularly the womenfolk by developing their livestock sector,” she said.

The chief minister said that his government has not only given 25 acres of land free of cost to women but have provided them certified seed and fertilizer totally free for two years to cultivate crops. “PPP believes in women empowerment and always give them top priority in their education and employment,” he said.

Margaret Anne Adamson said that she would also talk to the private sector of Australia to develop close coordination with Sindh government for exploring the investment opportunities. They can show their interest in water sector, livestock and agriculture. “We can work with you for energy sector particularly in wind, solar and coal projects,” she said.