PAKISTAN, Karachi. Pakistan’s largest conglomerate, the Fauji Group, has launched the country’s biggest halal abattoir, meat processing and exporting unit near Port Qasim, Karachi.
The Fauji Meat Ltd (FML) subsidiary-run facility, which has been fully operational since April, has a daily production capacity of 100 t of meat (85t of beef and 15t of mutton) in both frozen and chilled categories per day for worldwide export, and cost an estimated $75 mill. to build.
The new halal abattoir and meat processing facility is spread over 47 acres of land, which includes the plant and a three-day animal holding area.It is designed to meet the objectives of processing high-quality meat (cattle, buffalo, sheep and goat), value-added products, and by-products. It is also Pakistan’s only halal abattoir that offers meat products in vacuum packaging. Using this plant FML is the only meat processing company in the country which offers rendered products including bone/meat meal, blood meal and tallow conforming to the international quality standards.
The company is in the process of securing approval for exporting processed meat to bigger nearby economies, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Malaysia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Rehan Munawar, the plant’s chief co-ordinating officer said that Pakistan meat exports have been averaging between 2.5% and 3% per year.
According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, the country’s meat and meat preparations growth surged 13.21% to $229.09 mill. in July 2015 to April 2016, up from $202.35 mill. in the same period last year. In terms of volume, Pakistan meat and meat preparation exports grew 4.23% in volume to 65,256 t in the aforementioned first 10 months of the current fiscal year (June 2015 to April 2016), up from 62,605 t in the same period last year, according to bureau figures.
FML was incorporated in 2013 as a public limited company. It is a subsidiary of Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd (FFBL) and both are part of Fauji Group, which also has interests in fertiliser, cement, food, power generation, oil and gas, LPG marketing and distribution, employment and security services.