(12-15 June 2023)
UNIDO’s training sessions on meat processing, food safety, and value-added products have yielded positive results in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The collaborative effort between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Safety & Halal Food Authority (KPFS&HFA), Livestock & Dairy Development (L&DD), University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), and funding from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had a common objective: to empower meat processors, improve their businesses, and ensure the safety of the food they provide to consumers.
The training sessions were attended by 69 processors, including 40 women and 29 men. The participants gained hands-on in meat value addition, food safety measures, and the importance of acquiring proper food business licenses. During training, experts emphasized packaging and new product development for a competitive market advantage.
As a result of the training, processors have acknowledged improved practices, enhanced knowledge, and upgraded operations in meat processing. They have adopted food safety measures, improved hygiene and quality control, and increased consumer confidence. The implementation of innovative packaging strategies has enabled them to enhance the appeal of their products, attracting more customers.
The training has also raised awareness of the significance of food business licensing. Processors now are able to understand the process and have ensured compliance, enhancing their credibility as safe and lawful suppliers.
Overall, the sessions have been successful in building the capacity of meat processors in KP province. The initiative contributes to the growth of the agri-food and agro-industry sector. Empowered processors are better positioned to improve their businesses, provide safe food, and contribute to local economic prosperity.
This training is expected to have a lasting impact. The meat processing industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the coming years will experience sustained growth, increased competitiveness, and improved adherence to food safety standards. UNIDO’s commitment to capacity building and sustainable development is evident, paving the way for a brighter future in the region’s meat processing industry.