August 01, 1999
Falling carpet exports
PAKISTAN is a traditional exporter of carpets and their sales abroad
contribute towards to our foreign exchange earnings. In view of the national foreign debt,
it is of the utmost importance to mcrease our export earnings.
It has been recently reported that foreign exchange earnings from the
sale of carpets had gone down by $ 10.11 million during 1998-99 because there had been a
l fall in the unit value of carpets. This fall could have been taken
care of if we had exported more square metres of carpets. Will the Export Promotion Bureau
and other authorities concerned take note of this?
As imports increase every year, it has become essential to ensure that
exports also rise in order to maintain a balance between the two. We have seen that the
export figures have been stagnant at least for the past three years whereas the import
bill is steadily increasing.
The government must chart out a plan to promote the sale of Pakistani
goods in the world market before we sink further into debt.
Lahore ASGHAR JAFRI
Chickens for slaughter,
Chickens in this country is sold without any proper health
certification and in an unhygienic way. Poultry meat, being a special blend of high
quality proteins, important vitamins and minerals, occupies a very special place in the
context of our food security and safety chain.
Unforttmately, under the existing system of meat merchandising, birds
which are brought for slaughter to various big cities are gathered from different small
farms which are dirty and poorly rlm.
The broilers are brought to street-corner shops for slaughter, where
the problem is further aggravated because the environment of such shops is heavily
I appeal in the interest of public health to the government and
municipal authorities to intervene and urge owners of meat shops to clean their
surroundings and improve the environment in which chicken meat is processed and sold.
As a matter of fact, it would be advisable if shopkeepers could be
educated and persuaded to clean the meat with water and package it before it is sold to
neighborhood customers, as is being done by a few companies.
Lahore DR IMTIAZ A QURESHI