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KP govt proposes plan to regulate donkey rearing and export to China

Updated Apr 08, 2017 07:21pm


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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has proposed a program to foster the breeding and export of donkeys to China in an effort to utilise the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The KP-China Sustainable Donkey Development Program proposes to 'develop and enhance' the donkey population for export to China, according to the programme's website.

Donkey hides are used for manufacturing 'high-value medicines' in China.

With an initial investment of approximately Rs1 billion, the aim of the project is to cultivate a livelihood for the local breeders and create a proper production channel which can ensure a regular and uninterrupted supply of donkeys to China, according to a webpage on the KP-CPEC website.

The suggested plan seeks investment from any state-owned, state-supported and private entity, while the KP government will provide all legal and technical assistance to investors.

A multitude of concerns

In 2015, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) led by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, had placed a temporary ban on the export of donkey hides, fearing the extinction of the animal or possible consumption of its meat.

Donkey hides and byproducts are a lucrative business in China where they are used for anti-wrinkle creams that might also be making its way into the Pakistani market, officials had feared.

After detailed discussions, the Economic Coordination Committee had decided to ban the export of donkey hides till regulatory mechanisms were put in place by the provinces for proper disposal of animal carcasses.

Reportedly donkey hides fetch anywhere from Rs18,000-Rs,20,000 per piece, especially on export to China.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Commerce had revealed that more than 141,000 donkey hides had been exported in a period of four years, spanning the years of 2011-2015.

In 2011, donkey hide exports stood at approximately 10,000 units, however, by 2015 the figure had ballooned to more than 97,200. Most of these exports were to China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong.

By 2015, revenue from donkey hides had tripled to Rs135 million as compared to Rs44mn a year prior.


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waleed fakhar Apr 08, 2017 06:42pm

This is the right step and this intelligence bases step clearly says that it can only be the good idea of KPK government.

BNJ Apr 08, 2017 06:46pm

Superb well thought decision.

faraz khan Apr 08, 2017 06:47pm

its a good thinking,agree with kpk.atleast earn some thing.

A Apr 08, 2017 06:55pm

Great decision !

Ali Apr 08, 2017 07:00pm

High value medicine from donkeys?!!! I will be interested in the scientific evidence of these. Will help to establish if this business can be sustainable in the long run

anees zed Apr 08, 2017 07:02pm

Great!! My neighbour is going to benefit now.

Vallabh Patel Apr 08, 2017 07:17pm

Very intelligent step indeed.

Other provinces must learn something from KPK.

amumiya Apr 08, 2017 07:19pm

@Vallabh Patel you nailed it bro ! really intelligent . i ASSume .

Stephen Apr 08, 2017 07:25pm

Provided also and mainly that donkeys are humanenly slaughtered !

Sajjad kamran Apr 08, 2017 07:45pm

A wise decision and a novel move.

Ron Apr 08, 2017 07:52pm

What a barbaric way. Human greed has no limits

Zubair Ahmad Apr 08, 2017 08:04pm

All the donkeys should be exported out not only to China but to India and US as well.

Ali Khan Apr 08, 2017 08:05pm

World is trying to stop this and here they are going to start sending poor donkeys to get killed for their skin. animal rights hello!!

hassan Apr 08, 2017 08:12pm

@Ali Khan While being conscious of animal rights, it seems that the rights of human beings - esp of syria - are of no concern to most of us.

Abood Apr 08, 2017 08:14pm

If this was being done in punjab.surely imran would be tweeting about it.later own they will be slaughtered and the meat will be fed to people in kpk and the hides will go to china.we know how it works in pakistan and kpk is no saint when it comes to money.

ft Apr 08, 2017 08:46pm

KPK is well ahead of other provinces in all positive things, weather it's law and order situation, good governance, democracy, because in 2013 election they rejected the hypocrisy of PMLN and PPP.

Hanifpk Apr 08, 2017 08:58pm

Good to see Pakistan making gains on high end, new generation goods and exports segment!

Sohail Khan Wazir Apr 08, 2017 09:10pm

Something is better than nothing. Salute to IK and his government.

Sohail Khan Wazir Apr 08, 2017 09:13pm

@Abood Imran Khan is the best.

Inam Apr 08, 2017 09:26pm

Its better to export donkeys legally and get revenue instead of selling meat and skin illegally. Good decision by KP Government!!!

Manmoon H Apr 08, 2017 09:31pm

Game Changer?

Kunal majumdar Apr 08, 2017 09:35pm

In fact, any living organism in the world is of interest to China.

nuh Apr 08, 2017 09:59pm

PTI good work after 4 years. Keep it up!

Disparate Apr 08, 2017 10:03pm

Yeah expert em all so that Pakistan soon be pti-free.

Sachin Apr 08, 2017 10:27pm

Mercy for animals needed in entire world.

Asif Apr 08, 2017 10:57pm

Now we will compete with India in technology exports. Apr 08, 2017 11:14pm

The real profit for KP would be from exporting meat to Punjab

Matiya Apr 08, 2017 11:24pm

@Zubair Ahmad I can see, you felt bad.

PB Apr 08, 2017 11:35pm

Finally, PAK discovered their core strength product where they can be competitive. No point wasting time in IT or electronics.

essen Apr 08, 2017 11:43pm

Torture, hurt, butcher animals as if they are not sentient. A society is known by the way it treats its animals.

Sonu Apr 09, 2017 12:18am

Business activity started in CPEC.

BriJESH Kumar Apr 09, 2017 12:45am

All 200 millions ones??? Pakistan would be empty then :).

Aftab Apr 09, 2017 01:21am

Labour export is our forte.

AK Apr 09, 2017 01:23am

@Ali Khan Are animal rights being respected in Pakistan? We are using donkeys to haul heavy loads. Exporting them will preserve their rights.

Khalid Apr 09, 2017 02:12am

We should import heavy machines and power plants and export donkeys and monkeys in return.

Riaz murtaza Apr 09, 2017 02:37am

No matter how big numbers of donkeys we export we will still see many in the country.

Amin Apr 09, 2017 04:27am

we have already some in the parliament.

Kaz Apr 09, 2017 06:54am

Here starts the Pakistani exports in CPEC. This is the game changer we were talking about... We will export donkeys and import CT scan machines.

Alba Apr 09, 2017 08:59am

Great Idea. There is a large market for those donkeys in Xinjiang province.

asif Ali Apr 09, 2017 09:25am

What an idea, a new i tome to increase our export.

Dr Abdul Hamid CANADA Apr 09, 2017 11:41am

Simply pathetic!!! Countries are exporting hi-tech machines, Pakistan exports donkeys.

sanam Apr 09, 2017 11:53am

Horrible export plan! Worst thinking.

imran nazir France Apr 10, 2017 09:06am

Shame on our political leaders, such a poor thinking.

parvez shaikh US Apr 11, 2017 08:32am

Nothing can be more stupid than exporting donkeys. It will defame Pakistan greatly.