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Halal meat industry of Pakistan

Halal meat production in Pakistan:


Results show that during 1994-1995 to 2015-2016, annual average growth rates of meat production and export were 3 and 32%, respectively. Based on these growth rates, it was estimated that Pakistan's total meat production and export is projected to be 6,078 thousand tons and $17,477m by 2029-2030. Results regarding the expert opinion survey indicates that Balochistan province has comparative advantage to rare livestock for beef and mutton meat production over rest of the provinces; there is potency for producing chicken meat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Punjab provinces, while Sindh province has almost the same efficiency to produce beef and chicken meat.

Practical implications

Experts were in opinion that high yielding livestock breeds should be introduced to farmers; and comprehensive training programs should be designed for all the stockholders involved in meat production, and processing to exports chains. Therefore, it is suggested that registered and corporate livestock farming can be only solution to fulfill required standards of raw and processed meat business in international markets.


At current, halal meat export is considered as major activity of livestock sector of Pakistan: where, this is one of the pioneer studies exploring potential of halal meat production in various parts of the country, which can not only contribute in national income but support the balance of payments of the country.
Pakistan Halal Authority Aims to Capture The International Market With Exports

Jehangir Nasir


  • Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA) is set to capture international markets to export halal products.​
The newly established authority in Islamabad is ready has set targets to export products, especially meat, to get Pakistan’s due share in the rapidly growing global Halal market.

Director-General, PHA, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr. Muhammad Tariq Masood said:
Pakistan with 160 million livestock is among the top livestock producing countries but unfortunately has a minimal share in the $3 trillion estimated livestock product output including milk, beef, mutton, poultry meat, eggs, wool, hair, skins, hides, and bones.
He was of the view that since Pakistan is an Islamic country, the Muslims residing here take it for granted if the eatables including meat, packed food items, etc are halal and don’t explicitly mention it on the packaging.
However, Muslims residing in other countries are more concerned about the availability of Halal products, especially meat. A large number of Pakistanis are living in other countries including Gulf countries, the United States, the United Kingdom as well as European countries which increase the demand for Halal meat substantially.

Tariq Masood, who is also serving as Joint Scientific Advisor in the ministry, said that Pakistan is the fifth largest dairy producer and supplier of cattle. It has huge potential in livestock, dairy and poultry sectors and could export Halal products worth $5 to $6 billion a year by adopting new measures.​

Since the Gulf countries had lifted their ban on Pakistan poultry imports (imposed in 2004 following bird flu incidents) it is the right time for Pakistan to make its mark in the Gulf countries and around the world.
Dr. Masood said that maintaining a record of the animals that are slaughtered, ensuring the adoption of Halal procedures during slaughtering, and packaging and training of the workers in this field is also very crucial to raise international demand for Pakistani Halal meat.

He said that PHA will place its logo and stamp on the Halal products after checking the quality and standard for a minimal fee of Rs. 5,000 which will be acceptable for export to different countries.

Dr. Tariq Masood informed that PHA is working on introducing a subject related to Halal products at the university level which is needed for promoting awareness about this subject and motivate scholars to conduct research on permissible and nonpermissible foods, non-foods and services scientifically and religiously.

It is unfortunate that the concept of Halal (permissible in religion) is just limited to meat for a common man however it has a bigger scope as it covers medicine, cosmetics, procedures as well as dresses and shoes.

The pilot project of establishing PHA in the federal capital will afterward be replicated by the provinces to educate citizens and utilize Halal products’ trade potential. It is pertinent to mention here that PHA will secure international recognition of the Halal logo to build confidence in the Halal Certification system and Pakistani Halal products abroad.

The authority will also coordinate with national and international organizations for strengthening the Halal sector and promote and encourage the establishment of libraries and laboratories for this purpose.
Fauji Meat Limited gets Malaysia approval for exports

Adviser to PM on Trade and Investment shares news via Twitter

Ali Ahmed
22 Jun 2021


(Karachi) In a major development for Pakistan, Fauji Meat Limited has received approval for exports from the government of Malaysia.

The news was shared by Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to Prime Minister on Trade and Investment, via Twitter.

The news comes as a welcome sign for the South Asian economy that is looking to increase its exports amid a widening trade deficit that has accompanied its growth this outgoing fiscal year.
Pakistan reported a trade deficit of $27.5 billion during July-May, with imports crossing $50 billion, and exports lagging behind at $22.6 billion.

“I congratulate Fauji Meat Limited, the largest meat plant in Pakistan, on its approval by the Government of Malaysia for exports,” said Dawood in a tweet post.

He said that this shows international acceptability and demand of Pakistani meat.

“I commend the efforts made by MOC’s Trade & Investment Counsellor Kuala Lampur in this regard and urge him to provide maximum facilitation to our meat exporters to obtain similar approvals,” added the advisor.

Fauji Meat Limited, was incorporated in 2013 as a subsidiary of Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited, and falls under the umbrella of Fauji foundation Group.

Fauji Meat limited owns the largest meat processing plant located near Port Qasim, Karachi. The plant spreads across 47 acres of land.

Back in December, The Organic Meat Company Ltd. (TOMCL) was contracted to supply frozen boneless meat to National Food Company (Americana), which is one of the most successful organizations in the Middle East. Americana is considered one of the largest food manufacturing and distributing companies in the region.

TOMCL became the first company from Pakistan to be approved by a multinational food processing company for supply of meat from Pakistan.
Ten local meat processing companies have got the approval for export to Egypt.

The development was shared by Advisor to Prime Minister on Trade and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood. “This has been done as a result of audit conducted by the Egyptian Veterinary authorities,” Dawood said in a tweet.

The Pakistani companies approved are: P.K Livestock & Meat Company (private) Limited, TATA Best Food Limited, Fauji Meat Limited, Al Shaheer Corporation Ltd, The Organic Meat Company Private Limited, Tazij Meat and Food, Abedin International Abattoirs (private) Limited and Zenith Associates.
Pakistani company exports 'first ever' meat consignment to Jordan

  • Jordan had last month approved Tata Best Foods for export of meat and its allied products

BR Web Desk
29 Nov 2021


In a major stride for Pakistan, Tata Best Foods Limited has exported the country's "first-ever meat consignment to Jordan", said Advisor to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood on Monday.

“We congratulate Tata Foods on exporting Pakistan's first-ever consignment to Jordan,” said Dawood in a tweet post.

The advisor said that the promotion and facilitation of non-traditional products to new markets constitutes the Ministry of Commerce’s diversification policy. “I urge other exporters to emulate this and aggressively market their products in this and other new markets,” he added.

Last month, Jordan approved three Pakistani meat processing companies for exporting meat and its allied products to the country. The selected slaughterhouses include Tata Best Food Limited, Organic Meat Limited Company, and Tazij Meat and Food for export for bovine, sheep, goat and camel meat to Jordan.

A few days ago, 10 Pakistani meat processing companies were approved by Egypt’s veterinary quarantine department for export of meat to the country.

The Pakistani companies approved for export to Egypt are: P.K Livestock & Meat Company (private) Limited, TATA Best Food Limited, Fauji Meat Limited, Al Shaheer Corporation Ltd, the Organic Meat Company Private Limited, Tazij Meat and Food, Abedin International Abattoirs (private) Limited and Zenith Associates.

It may be mentioned that the Ministry of Commerce has set Pakistan’s export target of $37.8 billion including $ 20 billion for textile sector. As per the advisor, the country would be able to fetch around $ 31 billion from the export of goods, and $ 7.5 billion from the exports of services sector.


Saudi investment company eyes 30% stake in Pakistani meat exporter

  • Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to conduct due diligence of TOMCL

October 5, 2022


Pakistani meat processor The Organic Meat Company Ltd. (TOMCL) announced on Wednesday that a Saudi investment company, which invests in agricultural commodities, has expressed its intention to acquire a 30% stake in TOMCL.

“We hereby inform you that the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC), a Saudi Joint Stock Company owned by the Public Investment Fund, has conveyed an interest in acquiring up to 30% shareholding of the company,” said TOMCL in a filing released to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX).

The company informed that SALIC has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), an audit firm, to conduct due diligence of TOMCL.

The Pakistan meat exporter shared that the proposed investment is currently in a discussion phase and no binding arrangements of any kind have been agreed upon with SALIC.

“The proposed investment will be subject to inter alia an agreement on the commercial terms and conditions and obtaining all applicable internal and external approvals,” it added.

SALIC was established by Royal Decree in 2009 as a Saudi joint-stock company owned by the Public Investment Fund.

“Its doctrine stipulates that all its investment activities should be both inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in order to achieve a food security strategy by providing food products and stabilizing their prices. This is done through establishing subsidiary companies or through national, regional, and international partnerships,” states information available on its website.

Earlier in May, TOMCL was awarded contracts worth $1 million to export pet food to Europe and the US, becoming the first Pakistani firm to export pet food to these regions. The company has been awarded multi-million dollar contracts for the supply of its products to the Middle East.

As per TOMCL’s financial statements for the period ended March 31, 2022, the company saw its sales grow by 28% over the same period last year to reach Rs3,449 million.
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